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*The Tatsumaki can be used to counter safe jumps. Safe jumps are normally timed so that your Shoryuken won't hit. Since the invincibility period for the Tatsumaki is the same as the Shoryuken's startup, Ryu can use a Tatsu Reversal to deny an opponent's aerial attack. This can be countered itself by installed attacks however, since the Tatsumaki's invincibility period is short.
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*The Tatsumaki can be used to counter some safe jump setups that would work on a Shoryuken. Since the invincibility period for the Tatsumaki is the same as the Shoryuken's startup, Ryu can use a Tatsu Reversal to deny an opponent's aerial attack. This can be countered itself by installed attacks however, since the Tatsumaki's invincibility period is short.
  
  

Revision as of 23:29, 23 November 2022


Story

Date of Birth: 7/21/1964
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 150lbs
Measurements: B44", W 31", H 33"
Blood Type: O
Likes: Martial arts, Mizuyokan (Japanese sweet bean jelly)
Dislikes: Spiders

Found as a baby by the legendary Anatsuken martial artist Gouken, Ryu trained in the art from childhood and quickly discovered his love for fighting. During this time he would find a surrogate brother in Ken, his fellow trainee and rival. At the age of 23, his fighting career truly began when he defeated the world champion Sagat in the last World Martial Arts tournament. He began to show his solitary lifestyle after the tournament's end, preferring to travel alone and focus on improving himself. He joins the World Warrior tournament to not only defend his title, but to exceed his own limits by challenging new fighters.


Overview

Ryu is the protagonist of the Street Fighter series, and in Super Turbo he's considered a good all around character. Even though he is not the strongest in any aspect, he does have very good moves overall. Say, his projectile, the Hadoken, is the second best in the game, only after Old Sagat's Tiger Shot. His special anti-air, the Shoryuken, has the second best priority among those that don't require a charge to execute. Finally, he has a great Super move, which helps him in tight situations.

Ryu's strategy in the SF2 series is mostly to employ his Hadoukens wisely so as to pressure enemies and either force them to take risks or get pushed into the corner. Would the enemy jump forward, Ryu has several moves to deal with that, being the Shoryuken the most damaging one. However, unlike Ken, his projectile has a relatively fast start-up, which allows him to use it as a poke tool. This is the main reason why he has less trouble against a number of characters which have the advantage or fair match-ups against Ken.

ST Ryu does not have a completely invulnerable Shoryuken nor a Hurricane Kick that is invulnerable up until it hits like he did in Champion Edition and Hyper Fighting. In this game, he rather gains better mobility with a short Tatsu that recovers much faster, and two new command normals; one that's a useful advancing attack, and another that's a standing overhead.

Among all characters (old versions included), Ryu is considered the fifth or sixth best character on the game, only behind the so called "big four" or "big five", which consists of Dhalsim, Vega (Claw), Old Sagat and Balrog (Boxer), plus Chun Li if she is included. However, he actually has a small advantage against Chun Li in head-to-head combat. If mastered, Ryu can deal with pretty much any situation.

If you want to check YouTube and Nico Nico Douga for high level footage, check players such as ShootingD, Daigo, Futachan, Sasori, Sashishi, Kawamata, Gotoh, Kurahashi, DGV (Dark Gaiden), Mike Watson, John Choi and Alex Valle, among others.


Strengths Weaknesses
  • THE Shoto: Ryu's moveset is easy to grasp, and it's relatively easy to play well with him.
  • They Get Knocked Down: A lot of Ryu's special moves knock down on hit, leading to a plentiful mixup game.
  • Zoned In: Ryu has great fireballs in the Hadoken and the Shakunetsu Hadouken, and a relatively quick startup allows them to be used as pokes.
  • Double Reversal: Both the Shoryuken and the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku act as reversals, important when dealing with ticks and meaties.
  • Poster Boy Super: Ryu's Super Combo (Shinkuu Hadouken) is one of the best in the game with high damage, high hitstun, high chip, massive plus frames and even invincibility frames, making it well usable in many situations.
  • Easy, To A Fault: Due to the simplicity of Ryu's moveset, it's also very easy to figure out what he will be doing, and counter his moves.
  • Not Much Reach: Ryu's throw range and normals have average range, with his longer reaching normals having a long recovery.
  • Not So Dizzying: Ryu, along with Ken, has nerfed dizzy damage on his diagonal jumping Heavy Punches and Heavy Kicks.
  • Too Close, Too Close!: While Ryu's Super is still excellent, most other Supers will beat it flat out from mid range to close range.
  • Enormous Follow Through: Ryu's special moves can easily be baited out, and their long recovery doesn't help either.


New & Old Versions Comparison

To select O.Ryu, choose Ryu and then press → → → ← Jab/Fierce, pressing Short simultaneously with the punch button for the alternate color.

Here is the list of differences:

  • Obvious stuff: O.Ryu can't tech throws, does not have the new punches (dash, overhead, and air juggle) and Super;
  • O.Ryu has a faster pre-jump animation by 1 frame;
  • O.Ryu has some differences in some of his normals:
    • Far Standing Jab has a fatter hitbox;
    • Far Standing Short has a slower startup and is chain cancellable;
    • Crouching Short has much better priority;
    • Far Standing Forward has a slower startup;
    • Crouching Forward has much better priority;
    • Close Standing Roundhouse activates from a closer distance;
    • Crouching Roundhouse has much better priority and does more damage;
    • Diagonal Jumping Strong behaves exactly like the Neutral Jumping one while for N.Ryu its a new Juggling Punch;
    • Both Jumping Fierces do more damage;
    • Diagonal Jumping Short has worse priority during the first 10 active frames;
    • Diagonal Jumping Forward has better air-to-air priority but has somewhat worse air-to-ground priority;
    • Neutral Jumping Roundhouse has better air-to-air priority but worse air-to-ground priority and do more damage;
    • Diagonal Jumping Roundhouse has better air-to-air priority but has somewhat worse air-to-ground priority. It also does more damage;
  • O.Ryu's ordinary (blue) Hadoukens have one less start-up and one less recovery frame, making the overall recovery 2 frames faster. Thus, they are better for zoning;
  • O.Ryu's Shoryukens are completely invincible until the recovery frames, while for N.Ryu he is vulnerable during the rising/hitting part;
  • O.Ryu's Shoryukens have many more active frames, but the same overall recovery;
  • O.Ryu's Forward and Roundhouse Tatsumakis spin two less times than N.Ryu's;
  • O.Ryu's air Tatsumakis have a bigger hitbox, do more damage and have a 50% chance of being unblockable if they connect on the first frame;


Color Options

Jab Strong Fierce Start Old
Ryu-lp.gif Ryu-mp.gif Ryu-hp.gif Ryu-start.gif Ryu-old1.gif
Ryu-lk.gif Ryu-mk.gif Ryu-hk.gif Ryu-hold.gif Ryu-old2.gif
Short Forward Roundhouse Hold Old Alternative

--Born2SPD


Video Overview

Ryu
Ryu's portrait in Super Turbo.
Character Data
Forward Walk Speed 48
Backwards Walk Speed 32
Pre-Jump Frames 4


Backwards Jump Duration
Landing Frames 7*
Jump Height Apex 118
Forwards Jump Distance 134
Backwards Jump Distance 163
Soft Knockdown Recovery 38
Hard Knockdown Recovery 76



Normal Moves

Disclaimer: To better understand the diagrams, read this.

Far Normals

frlp

Far Jab
fr.Lp.png
5LP
Ryu stfarjab2.png
The Incredible Disjointed Jab
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
4[0] 0~5 40 Chain, Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
2 4 5 11 +4
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 26+ No -
  • A Chainable Jab that has very good priority (Ryu's arm is completely invulnerable) but just acceptable reach, and very low damage.

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Ryu stfarjab1&3.png Ryu stfarjab2.png Ryu stfarjab1&3.png Ryu stfarjab4 stfarstrng6 stfarfrc6.png
Frame Count 2 4 4 1
Simplified 1 + 2 4 5


frmp

Far Strong
fr.Mp.png
5MP
Ryu stfarstrng3.png
I think this might be used more if the close version didn't take 17 years to recover.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 5~11 60 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 4 7 14 +7
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 32+ No -
  • Ryu performs a straight punch. This move has very good recovery, reach and priority. Works as anti-air against moves whose extended limbs are vulnerable, but Ryu's body moves forward a bit, so you'll need some room to use it correctly. Ryu's whole arm is invincible in this attack.

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Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png Ryu stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Ryu stfarstrng3.png Ryu stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Ryu stfarstrng5 stfarfrc5.png Ryu stfarjab4 stfarstrng6 stfarfrc6.png
Frame Count 1 2 4 3 3 1
Simplified 1 + 3 4 7


frhp

Far Fierce
fr.Hp.png
5HP
Ryu stfarfrc3.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
28[1] 10~16 80 Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
5 6 23 34 -7
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 42+ No -
  • Similar to Far Strong with higher damage and longer reach, but the head hitbox moves forward just as much and the recovery is hideous. This move can not be canceled into specials, so make sure it hits or you will pay the price. Not like you'd be using this much anyway.

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Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png Ryu stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Ryu stfarfrc3.png Ryu stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Ryu stfarstrng5 stfarfrc5.png Ryu stfarjab4 stfarstrng6 stfarfrc6.png
Frame Count 3 2 6 10 12 1
Simplified 1 + 5 6 23



frlk

Far Short
fr.Lk.png
5LK
Ryu stfarshrt3 stfarfrwrd3.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
14[0] 0~5 40 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
4 8 5 17 0
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 1+ No -
  • High side kick with good priority, but sort of slow. Good anti-air.

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Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png Ryu stfarshrt2&4 stfarfrwrd2&4.png Ryu stfarshrt3 stfarfrwrd3.png Ryu stfarshrt2&4 stfarfrwrd2&4.png Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png
Frame Count 2 2 8 4 1
Simplified 1 + 4 8 5


frmk

Far Forward
fr.Mk.png
5MK
Ryu stfarshrt3 stfarfrwrd3.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
24[0] 5~11 60 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
7 8 7 22 +3
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 1+ No -
  • High side kick with good priority, but very slow start-up. Good anti-air if you can press the button fast enough, though.

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Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png Ryu stfarshrt2&4 stfarfrwrd2&4.png Ryu stfarshrt3 stfarfrwrd3.png Ryu stfarshrt2&4 stfarfrwrd2&4.png Ryu stfarfrwrd5.png
Frame Count 3 4 8 6 1
Simplified 1 + 7 8 7


frhk

Far Roundhouse
fr.Hk.png
5HK
Ryu stfarrh2.png
First Hitbox. Can be canceled for some reason.
Ryu stfarrh3.png
Second Hit. Can't be canceled for a more logical reason.
First Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
30[1] 10~16 80 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
2 4 N/A 31 -7
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 57+ No -
  • Ryu's staple Roundhouse kick. Mediocre anti-air that can be canceled in the odd event that it hits during the first active part.
Second Hit Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
30[1] 10~16 80 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 8 17 31 -3
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 57+ No -
  • Hitbox is wider, but so is the hurtbox. This is likely the part you'll hit with.

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Ryu stfarrh1.png Ryu stfarrh2.png Ryu stfarrh3.png Ryu stfarrh4.png Ryu stfarrh5.png
Frame Count 2 4 8 10 7
Simplified 1 + 2 12 17


Close Normals

cl.lp
Close Jab
cl.Lp.png
5LP
Ryu stcljab2.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
4[0] 0~5 40 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
2 4 5 11 +4
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 0-25 No -
  • Ryu performs an elbow smash in front and above his head. Fast start-up, and works as an anti-air if you're close enough. OK priority.

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Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png Ryu stcljab2.png Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png
Frame Count 2 4 5
Simplified 1 + 2 4 5


clmp

Close Strong
cl.Mp.png
5MP
Ryu stclstrng3.png
You could cancel this, or you could wipe that booger off their face. The choice is yours.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 5~11 60 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 2 17 22 -1
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 0-31 No -
  • Ryu performs a hook, then another one that doesn't hit for some reason. This move's recovery isn't very good, so try buffering a special such as a Hadoken to make it a bit safer.

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Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png Ryu stclstrng2&6.png Ryu stclstrng3.png Ryu stclstrng4.png Ryu stclstrng5.png Ryu stclstrng2&6.png Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png
Frame Count 1 2 2 6 4 3 4
Simplified 1 + 3 2 17


clhp

Close Fierce
cl.Hp.png
5HP
Ryu stclfrc2.png
First Hitbox
Ryu stclfrc3.png
Second Hitbox. I dunno, maybe it should be a bit wider.
First Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
28[1] 3~9 40 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 2 N/A 34 -9
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 0-41 No -
  • Ryu starts a close uppercut. If you're close to your enemy, it can be canceled into any special attack for a basic but damaging combo. Bad recovery.
Second Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
28[1] 10~16 80 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 6 23 34 -7
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 0-41 No -
  • Ryu finishes his uppercut. Good priority anti-air if the enemy is on top of you. Still, bad recovery.

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Ryu stclfrc1.png Ryu stclfrc2.png Ryu stclfrc3.png Ryu stclfrc4.png Ryu stclfrc5.png
Frame Count 3 2 6 10 13
Simplified 1 + 3 8 23


cllk

Close Short
cl.Lk.png
5LK
Ryu stclshrt3.png
This hits low? Ryu, I thought you were honest, man!
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
12[0] 0~5 40 Chain, Super Low
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
5 2 8 15 +3
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 0 No -
  • Ryu performs a low kick that can be canceled into another far Short or crouching Short. This move must be blocked low, which can be used as a simple knowledge check. Unfortunately somewhat hard to use due to the strict activation range.

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Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png Ryu stclshrt2&5 stclrh5.png Ryu stclshrt3.png Ryu stclshrt4.png Ryu stclshrt2&5 stclrh5.png Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png
Frame Count 2 3 2 4 3 1
Simplified 1 + 5 2 8


clmk

Close Forward
cl.Mk.png
5MK
Ryu stclfrwrd3.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
24[0] 5~11 60 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 6 9 18 +3
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 0 No -
  • Knee bash with a good recovery. Surprisingly good overall, even if you need to be REALLY close to use it.

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Ryu stclfrwrd1&5.png Ryu stclfrwrd2&4.png Ryu stclfrwrd3.png Ryu stclfrwrd2&4.png Ryu stclfrwrd1&5.png Ryu stclfrwrd6.png
Frame Count 2 1 6 4 4 1
Simplified 1 + 3 6 9


clhk

Close Roundhouse
cl.Hk.png
5HK
Ryu stclrh3.png
First Hit.
Ryu stclrh4.png
Second Hit. This isn't an overhead? Ryu, I thought you were honest, man!
First Hit Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
30[1] 10~16 80 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
7 8 N/A 30 -1
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 0-56 No -
  • Ryu performs an axe kick that hits twice if the enemy is close enough. This is not a very useful move, but it is safe on block from point-blank range and often trades with aerial attacks.
Second Hit Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
4[1] 1~7 70 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 4 11 30 +7(+6)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 0-56 No -
  • If you use it as a meaty, you can combo into a crouching kick for two or three hits. You often have better options, though.

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Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png Ryu stclrh2.png Ryu stclrh3.png Ryu stclrh4.png Ryu stclshrt2&5 stclrh5.png Ryu stcljab1&3 stclstrng1&7 stfarstrng1 stfarfrc1 stclshrt1&6 stfarshrt1&5 stfarfrwrd1 stclrh1&6.png
Frame Count 3 4 8 4 10 1
Simplified 1 + 7 8 4 11


Crouching Normals

crlp

Crouching Jab
cr.Lp.png
2LP
Ryu crjab2.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
4[0] 0~5 40 Chain, Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
2 4 5 11 +4
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Another Chainable ducking Jab with average reach and very good priority. Ryu's arm is completely invincible.

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Ryu crjab1&3.png Ryu crjab2.png Ryu crjab1&3.png Ryu crjab4 crstrng6 crshrt4 crfrwrd6.png
Frame Count 2 4 4 1
Simplified 1 + 2 4 5


crmp

Crouching Strong
cr.Mp.png
2MP
Ryu crstrng3.png
And you thought Alpha 2 Rose's Cr.MP had good priority.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 5~11 60 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 4 7 14 +7
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Ryu does a crouching straight. Good damage, stun, recovery and priority. Ryu's whole arm is completely invincible. This move can be used as a safe meaty against several invulnerable special attacks from the correct distance. However, this can be countered by standing still (which shrinks the hurtbox horizontally) and then either attacking or walking up and throwing. It is also unsafe against most supers, which is yet another reason to (always) have an eye on the enemy's super bar.

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Ryu crstrng1&5.png Ryu crstrng2&4.png Ryu crstrng3.png Ryu crstrng2&4.png Ryu crstrng1&5.png Ryu crjab4 crstrng6 crshrt4 crfrwrd6.png
Frame Count 1 2 4 3 3 1
Simplified 1 + 3 4 7


crhp

Crouching Fierce
cr.Hp.png
2HP
Ryu crfrc2.png
First Hitbox
Ryu crfrc3.png
Second Hitbox. Diet Close Fierce.
First Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
28[1] 3~9 40 Special, Super Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 3 N/A 37 -12
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Ryu begins an uppercut from crouching position. It does good damage and has a deceptively long horizontal reach, but just average to low priority and quite long recovery. This move is unsafe on block or hit and is mainly used in combos.
Second Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[1] 10~16 80 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 8 23 37 -9
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Ryu finishes his crouching uppercut. Works as an anti-air, but favor close Fierce if you can.

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Ryu crfrc1&5.png Ryu crfrc2.png Ryu crfrc3.png Ryu crfrc4.png Ryu crfrc1&5.png Ryu crfrc6.png
Frame Count 3 3 8 10 12 1
Simplified 1 + 3 11 23


crlk
Crouching Short
cr.Lk.png
2LK
Ryu crshrt2.png
World's Most Spammable Move found.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
4[0] 0~5 40 Chain, Special, Super Low
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 4 5 12 +4
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Rapid fire crouching low kick. Mediocre priority but good reach. Great for simple combos.

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Ryu crshrt1&3 crfrwrd1&5.png Ryu crshrt2.png Ryu crshrt1&3 crfrwrd1&5.png Ryu crjab4 crstrng6 crshrt4 crfrwrd6.png
Frame Count 3 4 4 1
Simplified 1 + 3 4 5


frmk
Crouching Forward
cr.Mk.png
2MK
Ryu crfrwrd3.png
Why not cancel this into a Hadoken? You earned it.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 5~11 60 Special, Super Low
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 6 9 18 +3
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Crouching side kick. This move has good reach and recovery, but is has projected vulnerable hitboxes before and after it becomes active. It is an important tool when closing the gap on the enemy and trying to push them into the corner as it can be canceled into Hadokens. It is also used in bread and butter combos.

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Ryu crshrt1&3 crfrwrd1&5.png Ryu crfrwrd2&4.png Ryu crfrwrd3.png Ryu crfrwrd2&4.png Ryu crshrt1&3 crfrwrd1&5.png Ryu crjab4 crstrng6 crshrt4 crfrwrd6.png
Frame Count 1 2 6 4 4 1
Simplified 1 + 3 6 9


crhk
Crouching Roundhouse
cr.Hk.png
2HK
Ryu crrh2.png
Yeah, we got special cancelable sweeps. What of it?
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
26[1] 5~11 130 Special, Super Low
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 6 25 34 -7/Soft Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Ryu's sweep kick. This move generates a fast knockdown if it hits. It has good range and the priority is such that it beats or trades with a number of moves. The recovery, however, is very long, so good players will try to bait this move so as to punish it afterward. Top shoto players will always cancel this move into either a LP Shoryuken (harder to punish and generates meter) or a Hadoken (the pushback makes the move practically unpunishable). Knowing the timing for walking up cr.Rounhouse xx Hadouken is an important skill for shoto players. Also note that Ryu/Ken's sweep has the fastest startup for a sweep in the game (3 frames), which makes it really good in pressure situations.

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Ryu crrh1.png Ryu crrh2.png Ryu crrh3.png Ryu crrh4.png Ryu crrh5.png
Frame Count 3 6 6 8 11
Simplified 1 + 3 6 25


Neutral Jump Normals

njlp
Neutral Jumping Jab
nj.Lp.png
8LP
Ryu njjab2.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
12[0] 1~7(-2) 40 Special High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
2 N/A 2+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Ryu performs a jumping jab that is active throughout the whole jump. Ryu's hand has a relatively large active hitbox around it, making this a good air-to-air move. It can be used for jumping on you opponent after a knockdown and not generate much push-back, allowing you to apply mix-ups such as throw, cr.forward xx Hadouken/Super or delayed Jab Shoryuken (to beat reversal throws).

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Ryu njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Ryu njjab2.png
Frame Count 2


njmp
Neutral Jumping Strong
nj.Mp.png
8MP
Ryu njstrng3.png
To master the art of Anatsuken is to mismatch your hitbox with your sprite.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 5~11 50 Special High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
4 20 24+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • This aerial punch stays active for quite some time, for a Strong punch. It has very good horizontal reach and Ryu's arm is completely invincible. A move to be considered when afraid of wall dives crossing you or aerial attacks in general. This attack does not hit crouching opponents.

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Ryu njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Ryu njstrng2.png Ryu njstrng3.png Ryu njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Ryu njstrng5 djstrng7 njfrc5 djfrc5 njshrt3 njfrwrd3 djfrwrd5 djrh5.png Ryu njstrng6 djstrng8 njfrc6 djfrc6 njfrwrd4 djfrwrd6 njrh6 djrh6.png Ryu njstrng7 djstrng9 njfrc7 djfrc7 njfrwrd5 djfrwrd7 njrh7 djrh7.png
Frame Count 2 2 20 4 4 4
Simplified 4 20


njhp
Neutral Jumping Fierce
nj.Hp.png
8HP
Ryu njfrc3 djfrc3.png
To master the art of Anatsuken is to mismatch your sprite with your hitbox.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
26[1] 11~17(-1) 60(+20) Special High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
4 8 12+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • This move has very good air to ground priority, and Ryu's arm is also completely invincible. It can be used as anti-air from certain distances, and also beats or trades most other aerial attacks. The Diagonal Jump version has less stun.

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Ryu njfrc1 djfrc1.png Ryu njfrc2 djfrc2.png Ryu njfrc3 djfrc3.png Ryu njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Ryu njstrng5 djstrng7 njfrc5 djfrc5 njshrt3 njfrwrd3 djfrwrd5 djrh5.png Ryu njstrng6 djstrng8 njfrc6 djfrc6 njfrwrd4 djfrwrd6 njrh6 djrh6.png Ryu njstrng7 djstrng9 njfrc7 djfrc7 njfrwrd5 djfrwrd7 njrh7 djrh7.png
Frame Count 2 2 8 4 4 4
Simplified 4 8
njlk
Neutral Jumping Short
nj.Lk.png
8LK
Ryu njshrt2.png
I dunno who would use this as a crossup, but the option's there. I guess.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
14[0] 1~7(-2) 40 Special High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 40 43+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • This stays out for quite some time, but it has a very short reach. Mostly useless.

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Ryu njshrt1 njfrwrd1.png Ryu njshrt2.png Ryu njstrng5 djstrng7 njfrc5 djfrc5 njshrt3 njfrwrd3 djfrwrd5 djrh5.png
Frame Count 3 40
njmk
Neutral Jumping Forward
nj.Mk.png
8MK
Ryu njfrwrd2.png
Same animation as nj.lk, but the extra effort makes the hitbox wider. Somehow.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 5~11 50 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
5 13 18+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • OK kick that stays active for some time. It can be used in certain crossup situations. That aside, prefer neutral Strong or Fierce for the lower hitbox, or neutral Roundhouse for the better reach/damage.

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Ryu njshrt1 njfrwrd1.png Ryu njfrwrd2.png Ryu njstrng5 djstrng7 njfrc5 djfrc5 njshrt3 njfrwrd3 djfrwrd5 djrh5.png Ryu njstrng6 djstrng8 njfrc6 djfrc6 njfrwrd4 djfrwrd6 njrh6 djrh6.png Ryu njstrng7 djstrng9 njfrc7 djfrc7 njfrwrd5 djfrwrd7 njrh7 djrh7.png
Frame Count 5 13 6 6
Simplified 5 13


njhk
Neutral Jumping Roundhouse
nj.Hk.png
8HK
Ryu njrh2.png
First Hitbox.
Ryu njrh3.png
Second Hitbox.
First Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
28[0] 11~17(-1) 60(+20) Special High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
2 4 N/A 10+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Neutral spin kick. The first active part becomes active very fast, saving you from some troublesome situations.
Second Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
26[0] 11~17(-1) 60(+20) None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 4 10+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • The second part has good reach, making it an effective normal to keep your opponent away.

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Ryu njrh1.png Ryu njrh2.png Ryu njrh3.png Ryu njrh4.png Ryu njrh5.png Ryu njstrng6 djstrng8 njfrc6 djfrc6 njfrwrd4 djfrwrd6 njrh6 djrh6.png Ryu njstrng7 djstrng9 njfrc7 djfrc7 njfrwrd5 djfrwrd7 njrh7 djrh7.png
Frame Count 2 4 4 4 3 3
Simplified 2 8

Diagonal Jump Normals

djlp
Diagonal Jumping Jab
dj.Lp.png
7LP/9LP
Ryu djjab2.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
12[0] 1~7(-2) 40 Special High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
2 N/A 2+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Ryu performs a jumping jab that is active throughout the whole jump. Ryu's hand has a relatively large active hitbox around it, making this a good air-to-air move. It can be used for jumping on you opponent after a knockdown and not generate much push-back, allowing you to apply mix-ups such as throw, cr.forward xx Hadouken/Super or delayed Jab Shoryuken (to beat reversal throws). This beats Zangief's Lariats from the right distance and still hits him if he crouches.

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Ryu njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Ryu djjab2.png
Frame Count 2


djmp
Diagonal Jumping Strong
dj.Mp.png
7MP/9MP
Ryu djstrng4.png
First Hit. Through your own determination, you too can have punches this disjointed.
Ryu djstrng5.png
Second Hit.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
24[1] 3~9 40 Special High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
4 5 N/A 13+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A Yes -
  • Ryu jumps with an upper punch that hits twice and juggles in the air. The first active part has good horizontal reach and priority. If you successfully land this attack in the air, you may use it again until you obtain three aerial hits. This can be considered as anti-air, specially if you react early and you believe the opponent will try a late aerial attack. A super can also be comboed after this move, for a total of 5 hits. From the right distance, this move beats Lariats and Blanka's rolling attacks. However, any grounded enemy can avoid the attack by crouching, which is specially dangerous against Zangief, E. Honda and Hawk, as they can throw while crouching (stomach press, Oiicho and typhoon, in this order).
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
4[1] 0~5 20 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 4 13+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A Yes -
  • The second hit. Not nearly as good as the first hit, but still apart of a really good attack.

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Ryu djstrng1.png Ryu djstrng2.png Ryu djstrng3.png Ryu djstrng4.png Ryu djstrng5.png Ryu djstrng6.png Ryu njstrng5 djstrng7 njfrc5 djfrc5 njshrt3 njfrwrd3 djfrwrd5 djrh5.png Ryu njstrng6 djstrng8 njfrc6 djfrc6 njfrwrd4 djfrwrd6 njrh6 djrh6.png Ryu njstrng7 djstrng9 njfrc7 djfrc7 njfrwrd5 djfrwrd7 njrh7 djrh7.png
Frame Count 1 2 1 5 4 4 4 4
Simplified 4 5 4
djhp
Diagonal Jumping Fierce
dj.Hp.png
7HP/9HP
Ryu njfrc3 djfrc3.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
26[1] 3~9 40 Special High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
4 8 12+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • This move has very good air to ground priority, and Ryu's arm is also completely invincible. It can be used as anti-air from certain distances, and also beats or trades most other aerial attacks. The neutral jump version has more stun.

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Ryu njfrc1 djfrc1.png Ryu njfrc2 djfrc2.png Ryu njfrc3 djfrc3.png Ryu njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Ryu njstrng5 djstrng7 njfrc5 djfrc5 njshrt3 njfrwrd3 djfrwrd5 djrh5.png Ryu njstrng6 djstrng8 njfrc6 djfrc6 njfrwrd4 djfrwrd6 njrh6 djrh6.png Ryu njstrng7 djstrng9 njfrc7 djfrc7 njfrwrd5 djfrwrd7 njrh7 djrh7.png
Frame Count 2 2 8 4 4 4
Simplified 4 8
djlk
Diagonal Jumping Short
dj.Lk.png
7LK/9LK
Ryu djshrt3.png
His hurtbox gets a bit bigger after 10 frames.
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
12[0] 1~7(-2) 40 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
5 N/A 5+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • This stays out for quite some time, but safe jumps aside, this does not have many uses. Its main downside is the short reach.

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Ryu djshrt1.png Ryu djshrt2.png Ryu djshrt3.png Ryu djshrt4.png
Frame Count 2 3 10
Simplified 5


djmk
Diagonal Jumping Forward
dj.Mk.png
7MK/9MK
Ryu djfrwrd3.png
Zero Calorie dj.hk
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 5~11 50(+10) None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
5 13 18+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Rather long aerial kick with poor priority. It can be used as a cross-up aerial attack, but diagonal Roundhouse is better for that. It can be used in safe jumps, to get less push-back if it gets blocked. Another plus for this move is that it is the diagonal jumping move that does the most stun(dizzy) in Ryu's arsenal.

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Ryu djfrwrd1 djrh1.png Ryu djfrwrd2&4 djrh2&4.png Ryu djfrwrd3.png Ryu djfrwrd2&4 djrh2&4.png Ryu njstrng5 djstrng7 njfrc5 djfrc5 njshrt3 njfrwrd3 djfrwrd5 djrh5.png Ryu njstrng6 djstrng8 njfrc6 djfrc6 njfrwrd4 djfrwrd6 njrh6 djrh6.png Ryu njstrng7 djstrng9 njfrc7 djfrc7 njfrwrd5 djfrwrd7 njrh7 djrh7.png
Frame Count 2 3 13 3 3 3
Simplified 5 13
djhk
Diagonal Jumping Roundhouse
dj.Hk.png
7HK/9HK
Ryu djrh3.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
26[1] 3~9 40 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
5 7 12+∞ Dependent
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Ryu's best cross-up attack. This also has good reach, but as it projects vulnerable hitboxes, it can also be countered if you whiff. From certain distances, this can also be used as anti-air, in the same fashion as diagonal jumping Fierce, hitting your enemy from above his attack or around the head.

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Ryu djfrwrd1 djrh1.png Ryu djfrwrd2&4 djrh2&4.png Ryu djrh3.png Ryu djfrwrd2&4 djrh2&4.png Ryu njstrng5 djstrng7 njfrc5 djfrc5 njshrt3 njfrwrd3 djfrwrd5 djrh5.png Ryu njstrng6 djstrng8 njfrc6 djfrc6 njfrwrd4 djfrwrd6 njrh6 djrh6.png Ryu njstrng7 djstrng9 njfrc7 djfrc7 njfrwrd5 djfrwrd7 njrh7 djrh7.png
Frame Count 2 3 7 3 3 3
Simplified 5 7

Command Normals

swingp
Collarbone Breaker
Forward Mp.png/Swing Punch
6MP
Ryu swing3.png
First Hit.
Ryu swing4.png
Second Hit.
First Hit Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
4[0] 1~7 70 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
16 2 N/A 31 Hit standing: -2. Else: +7
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Ryu's overhead. It's the fastest ground overhead in the game. The 1st active part will miss agaisnt a crouching Blanka and Cammy. It has properties similar to those of aerial heavy attacks, which can be checked on the different recovery times depending on hitting standing or crouching opponents. However, Ryu is considered on the ground and can be thrown out of the move if the enemy reacts to its slow start-up or attempts a reversal counter throw.
Second Hit Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
28[1] 1~7 70 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 2 10 31 Hit standing: 0(-1). Else: +9(+8)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Second hit. For most crouching opponents, you'll likely be hitting with this part.

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Ryu swing1anm.gif Ryu swing2.png Ryu swing3.png Ryu swing4.png Ryu swing5.png Ryu swing6anm.gif Ryu swing7.png
Frame Count 14 2 2 3 2 4 4
Simplified 1 + 16 2 3 10
rushp
Solar Plexus Strike
Forward Hp.png/Rush Punch/Dash Punch
6HP
Ryu dash3.png
First Hit.
Ryu dash4.png
Second Hit. The closest thing ST Ryu has to a dash.
First Hit Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
4[0] 1~7 70 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
10 1 N/A 24 +9
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • This is a good move to push you forward so as to close the gap between you and the enemy. It works as a dash if you want to get in position for an anti-air Shoryuken or simply get face-to-face to the enemy and throw before he reacts. A main advantage of using this move instead of walking while exchanging projectiles is that you can use a Hadouken as soon as you recover, while walking forward and attempting a Hadouken immediately will give you a Shoryuken instead due to command overlapping. It can also be used to punish enemies from close range, as it gives you enough time to link most of your normals after it. For example, standing Fierce or crouching Forward into Red Hadoken.
Second Hit Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
28[1] 1~7 70 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 2 12 24 Hit standing: 0(-1). Else: +9(+8)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No -
  • Second verse, more damage than the first.

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Ryu dash1.png Ryu dash2.png Ryu dash3.png Ryu dash4.png Ryu dash5anm.gif Ryu dash6.png Ryu dash7.png
Frame Count 8 2 1 2 6 2 4
Simplified 1 + 10 1 2 12

Throws

Ryu can throw with Mp.png, Hp.png, Mk.png, and Hk.png.

Seoi Nage
Shoulder Throw
cl.6MP or 4MP/ cl.6HP or 4HP
Ssf2t ryu pthrow.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
32* 7~13 100 None Grab
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
1 1 Dependent 2 N/A
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 48 (from axis) 19 (from throwable box) No -
  • Ryu's Punch throw, where he throws his enemy above his head. can be activated with either Strong or Fierce. The direction you're holding determines the direction you'll throw in. Functionally identical to his kick throw, though using 6HP is usually the best option since Solar Plexus Strike gives you the least amount of recovery to deal with.


Tomoe Nage
Circle Throw
cl.6MK or 4MK/ cl.6HK or 4HK
Ssf2t ryu kthrow.png
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
32* 7~13 100 None Grab
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
1 1 Dependent 2 N/A
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A 48 (from axis) 19 (from throwable box) No -
  • Ryu's Kick throw, where he throws his enemy with his leg. Can be activated with either Forward or Roundhouse. The direction you're holding determines the direction you'll throw in. Functionally identical to his punch throw, though using 6HP is usually the best option since Solar Plexus Strike gives you the least amount of recovery to deal with.

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Ryu throwb.png Ryu throw.png Ryu throwf.png


Special Moves

Hadoken
Fireball/Qcf.png+P.png
236P
Ryu fb10bjab.png
Get ready to hear this a lot.
Lp.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
18[0] 7~13 110 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 Traveling 41* 52 -5 (Point Blank)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 2
  • Ryu's iconic fireball. This is the weakest version, with the least speed, damage, and recovery.


  • This move is known to do high amounts of stun damage. Three hits in a row and pretty much any enemy falls dizzy.
Mp.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
20[0] 7~13 110 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 Traveling 42* 53 -6 (Point Blank)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 2
  • Midway in terms of damage, speed, and recovery.


  • Although all 3 versions (Jab, Strong, Fierce) have Ryu release the fireball at the same interval, the recovery frames increase with strength (This is almost imperceptible, however.) Some characters such as Vega can punish Hadokens on block or hit from close distance, so watch out for that. In addition, the move can miss completely when used from point-blank range, as some characters' attacks move their hitboxes towards a bit. This leaves Ryu wide open for throws or any ground combo they want to use.


  • Due to a glitch, it's possible to change the recovery of any Hadoken to that of a Jab by either whiffing or kara-canceling a Jab or Short normal. You can read more about it here.
Hp.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 7~13 110 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 Traveling 43* 54 -7 (Point Blank)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 2
  • Maximum damage, speed, and recovery.


  • Ryu's fireballs (blue or red) downgrade in strength after some time, and on the last downgrade they disappear, similar to Chun's Kikokens. When a downgrade happens, the projectile will inherit the properties of the lower strength, except for the travel speed which stays the same. For example, when a Strong Hadoken downgrades to a Jab Hadoken, it will be doing Jab Hadoken damage, as well as having the Jab Hadoken sprite and hitbox, but it still travels with Strong Hadouken speed. The time required for them to actually disappear is rather long such that only Jab projectiles may ever disappear before leaving the screen, and that is if both players walk or jump in the same direction the projectile is going for some distance. Special setups are usually required for a Strong or Fierce projectile to ever disappear. The data for that is in the detailed hitbox data below.

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  • Startup:
Ryu fb1.png Ryu fb2.png Ryu fb3.png Ryu fb4.png
Frame Count 2 6 2 1
Simplified 11
  • Active:
  • Jab Version:
Ryu fb5.png Ryu fb7bjab.png Ryu fb10bjab.png Ryu fb13bjab.png Ryu fb14bjab.png
Frame Count 1 2 3 3 3...
Simplified 41
  • Strong Version:
Ryu fb5.png Ryu fb7bstrng.png Ryu fb10bstrng.png Ryu fb13bstrng.png Ryu fb14bstrng.png
Frame Count 1 2 3 3 3...
Simplified 42
  • Fierce Version:
Ryu fb5.png Ryu fb7bfrc.png Ryu fb10bfrc.png Ryu fb13bfrc.png Ryu fb14bfrc.png
Frame Count 1 2 3 3 3...
Simplified 43

NOTE: A lot of frames were omitted here, because in each frame the fb's hitbox move 1-3 pixels forward, the images are all uploaded though with the same name pattern, so you can still see them.

  • Dissipation Data:
1st downgrade 2nd downgrade 3rd downgrade Total duration
Jab 129f/384px (disappears) 129f/384px
Strong 48f/192px (downgrades to Jab) 49f/192px (disappears) 97f/384px
Fierce 26f/128px (downgrades to Strong) 26f/128px (downgrades to Jab) 24f/128px (disappears) 76f/384px
Shakunetsu Hadoken
Red Fireball/Hcf.png+P.png
41236P
Ryu fb10rjab.png
No, it doesn't do more damage. Does look cool, though.
Lp.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
18[0] 5~11 100 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 Traveling 41* 52 -5 (Blocked Point Blank)/Hard Knockdown (Close)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 2
  • An alternate fireball that does less stun, but knocks down when hit during the first 9 active frames. This one has the least amount of speed, damage, and recovery.


  • Due to the lesser stun, you'll likely be using regular fireballs more often, but these still have their uses in close range setups.
Mp.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
20[0] 5~11 100 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 Traveling 42* 53 -6 (Blocked Point Blank)/Hard Knockdown (Close)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 2
  • Midway in terms of damage, speed, and recovery.


  • As for a curiosity, this is one of the few special attacks that do not force a standing state on the enemy if it hits. Ryu doesn't gain any advantage or disadvantage from this.
Hp.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[0] 5~11 100 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 Traveling 43* 54 -7 (Blocked Point Blank)/Hard Knockdown (Close)
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 2
  • Maximum damage, speed, and recovery.


  • Landing a knockdown with one of these is a good opportunity to use a short Tatsumaki to build meter, or throw another meaty Hadoken.

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  • Startup:
Ryu fb1.png Ryu fb2.png Ryu fb3.png Ryu fb4.png
Frame Count 2 6 2 1
Simplified 11
  • Active:
  • Jab Version:
Ryu fb5.png Ryu fb7rjab.png Ryu fb10rjab.png Ryu fb13rjab.png Ryu fb14rjab.png
Frame Count 1 2 3 3 3...
Simplified 41
  • Strong Version:
Ryu fb5.png Ryu fb7rstrng.png Ryu fb10rstrng.png Ryu fb13rstrng.png Ryu fb14rstrng.png
Frame Count 1 2 3 3 3...
Simplified 42
  • Fierce Version:
Ryu fb5.png Ryu fb7rfrc.png Ryu fb10rfrc.png Ryu fb13rfrc.png Ryu fb14rfrc.png
Frame Count 1 2 3 3 3...
Simplified 43

NOTE: A lot of frames were omitted here, because in each frame the fb's hitbox move 1-3 pixels forward, the images are all uploaded though with the same name pattern, so you can still see them.

  • Dissipation Data:
1st downgrade 2nd downgrade 3rd downgrade Total duration
Jab 129f/384px (disappears) 129f/384px
Strong 48f/192px (downgrades to Jab) 49f/192px (disappears) 97f/384px
Fierce 26f/128px (downgrades to Strong) 26f/128px (downgrades to Jab) 24f/128px (disappears) 76f/384px
Shoryuken
Dragon Punch/Dp.png+P.png
623P
Ryu srk2.png
First hitbox.
Ryu srk3.png
Second hitbox (Jab ver). Airborne after 2 frames.
Ryu srk3.png
Second hitbox (Strong/Fierce ver). kof 98 iori page font STOP SPAMMING WAKEUP DP
Lp.png First Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
32[2] 9~15 100 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
4 4 N/A 44 -15 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-8 N/A No 7
Lp.png Second Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[2] 2~8 90 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 10 26 44 -15 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-8 N/A No 7
  • Ryu's undefeatable Sheng Lo-er, Shoryuken, is invincible on the way up. Jab does the least damage and rises the least. Properly time this and you'll beat any normal your opponent might throw out. Miss and you'll definitely get punished. Some high level players like to do two in a row, reasoning that the second might connect with an opponent's counterattack if they time it a bit too late.
  • Also can be used to avoid projectiles due to the invincibility frames, but this is very difficult.
  • As a reversal, this is an incredibly risky move, as there are plenty of safe jump setups out there that can land just as you're about to uppercut. Since Ryu's Shoryuken is only invincible for 8 frames, that means your opponent has all that extra time to punish you. You're also vulnerable to throws during the first 2 frames of the second hitbox, since you're now vulnerable and technically not airborne yet.
Mp.png First Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
34[2] 9~15 100 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
4 4 N/A 55 -26 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-8 N/A No 7
Mp.png Second Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[2] 2~8 90 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 14 33 55 -26 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-8 N/A No 7
  • Bit stronger, bit more recovery.
  • All of Ryu's Shoryukens make for incredible anti airs, due to the wide hitbox and the rising invincibility.
Hp.png First Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
38[2] 9~15 100 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
4 4 N/A 66 -37 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-8 N/A No 7
Hp.png Second Hitbox Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[2] 2~8 90 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
N/A 18 40 66 -37 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-8 N/A No 7
  • Ryu's strongest, highest, and most vulnerable Shoryuken. As an aside, only the first, grounded hitbox on each Shoryuken does more damage, so when performing an anti air keep in mind that a Jab will be just as effective at close range as a Fierce.

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Ryu srk1.png Ryu srk2.png Jab Strong & Fierce Jab Strong & Fierce Ryu srk5.png Ryu srk6.png Ryu srk7.png
Ryu srk3jab.png Ryu srk3.png Ryu srk4jab.png Ryu srk4.png
Frame Count (Jab) 4 4 2 8 10 11 5
Simplified (Jab) 4 4 10 26
Frame Count (Strong) 4 4 2 12 14 14 5
Simplified (Strong) 4 4 14 33
Frame Count (Fierce) 4 4 2 16 14 21 5
Simplified (Fierce) 4 4 18 40
Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Hurricane Kick/Qcb.png+
214K
Ryu tatsu4shrt 4&8&12&16frwrd 4&8&12&16&20rh.png
First hitbox.
Ryu tatsu6shrt 6&10&14&18frwrd 6&10&14&18&22rh.png
Second hitbox. Short spins once, Forward spins 4 times, and Roundhouse spins 5 times.
Lk.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
24[1] 3~9 90 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 3(3)3(3) 18* 44 -2 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-4 N/A No 6
  • Ryu's iconic spinning kick. Knocks down on hit. This version moves the slowest in addition to only hitting once.


  • Since Ryu is invulnerable for the first 4 frames of this move and airborne by the time the invincibility ends, this makes for a good reversal for safe jumps, meaty cross-ups, and tick throws like Zangief's Spinning Pile Driver or T. Hawk's Mexican Typhoon.


  • The landing recovery can be canceled into a block or a jump on the first frame, and then into an attack, special move, or throw on the second frame onwards. This goes for all versions.
Mk.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
26[1] 2~8 90 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 3(3)3(3) x4 18* 77 -2 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-4 N/A No 6
  • Bit stronger, now with 4 spins. This attack will likely be VERY unsafe on block, as pushback almost guarantees not all of the hits will connect.


  • The Tatsumaki can be used to counter some safe jump setups that would work on a Shoryuken. Since the invincibility period for the Tatsumaki is the same as the Shoryuken's startup, Ryu can use a Tatsu Reversal to deny an opponent's aerial attack. This can be countered itself by installed attacks however, since the Tatsumaki's invincibility period is short.


  • Since your hurtbox shrinks while using this move, you can use Tatsus to travel straight over Guile's Sonic Booms and Dhalsim's Yoga Flames. You may be able to do this with Dee Jay's Air Slashers/Max Outs, but only the Strong/Fierce versions.
Hk.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
28[1] 3~9 90 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
11 3(3)3(3) x5 18* 89 -2 (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-4 N/A No 6
  • Ryu's strongest, fastest, and most vulnerable Tatsu. Once again, almost guaranteed to be unsafe on block due to pushback.


  • You can use this move to set up throws (Usually the Short version). Using a well spaced Tatsu, if you stop just outside of your opponent's hurtbox, you might be able to catch them trying to block an attack that will never hit, and then go for the throw.
  • This move can't be used as a reversal after an air reset (Getting hit with an attack while in the air) since you can't activate the move during the 1st frame after waking up from one. The Shoryuken will work for these situations, however.

Click to toggle detailed hitbox data.

  • Startup:
Ryu tatsu1.png Ryu tatsu2.png Ryu tatsu3.png
Frame Count 4 4 3
Simplified 11


  • Active:
    • Short Version: This happens only once.
    • Forward Version: This happens 4 times.
    • Roundhouse Version: This happens 5 times.
Ryu tatsu4shrt 4&8&12&16frwrd 4&8&12&16&20rh.png Ryu tatsu5shrt 5&9&13&17frwrd 5&9&13&17&21rh.png Ryu tatsu6shrt 6&10&14&18frwrd 6&10&14&18&22rh.png Ryu tatsu7shrt 7&11&15&19frwrd 7&11&15&19&23rh.png
Frame Count 3 3 3 3


  • Recovery:
Ryu tatsu8shrt 20frwrd 24rh.png Ryu tatsu9shrt 21frwrd 25rh.png Ryu tatsu10shrt 22frwrd 26rh.png Ryu tatsu11shrt 23frwrd 27rh.png
Frame Count 4 4 4 6*
Simplified 12 6*
Kuuchuu Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Air Hurricane Kick/Air Qcb.png+
AIR 214K
Ryu atatsu1shrt 1&5frwrd 1&5&9rh.png
First hitbox.
Ryu atatsu3shrt 3&7frwrd 3&7&11rh.png
Second hitbox. Short spins once, Forward spins twice, and Roundhouse spins thrice.
Lk.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
18[1] 3~9 90 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 3(3)3(3) ∞+5 15+∞+5 Dependent (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 6
  • The Tatsumaki Senpukyaku except airborne. Instead of propelling you forward like a normal Tatsu, each kick temporarily decreases your gravity value (How fast you fall from a jump) as well as slightly boosting your horizontal velocity. This means you'll fall slower if performed on the way down, and gain more height on the way up. Your gravity returns to normal once the kick ends.
Mk.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
20[1] 3~9 90 None High
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 3(3)3(3) x2 ∞+5 27+∞+5 Dependent (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 6
  • Bit stronger, now with 2 spins.


  • This move has a variety of uses. You can use it as an alternative aerial since the hitbox is pretty far out (but so is the hurtbox), you can surprise the enemy with a sudden movement change, or you can simply use it to build meter on the way down from a jump. Skillful use allows you to cross-up enemy air counters like the Flash Kick to hit the opponent from behind, too!
Hk.png Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
22[1] 3~9 90 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
3 3(3)3(3) x3 ∞+5 39+∞+5 Dependent (Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
N/A N/A No 6
  • The strongest Tatsu with the most amount of spins. You'll likely be using this the most often, as the recovery frames won't matter as much since you'll be landing soon.


  • Keep in mind that the priority on air Tatsus isn't as good as the grounded version. Also keep in mind that once you land, you have 5 frames of landing animation you can't cancel out of whatsoever.

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  • Startup:
Ssf2t ryu airtatsu1.png
Frame Count 3


  • Active:
    • Short Version: This happens only once.
    • Forward Version: This happens twice.
    • Roundhouse Version: This happens 3 times.
Ryu tatsu4shrt 4&8&12&16frwrd 4&8&12&16&20rh.png Ryu tatsu5shrt 5&9&13&17frwrd 5&9&13&17&21rh.png Ryu tatsu6shrt 6&10&14&18frwrd 6&10&14&18&22rh.png Ryu tatsu7shrt 7&11&15&19frwrd 7&11&15&19&23rh.png
Frame Count 3 3 3 3


  • Recovery:
Ryu atatsu5shrt 9frwrd 13rh.png Ryu atatsu6shrt 10frwrd 14rh.png Ryu atatsu7shrt 11frwrd 15rh.png Ryu atatsu8shrt 12frwrd 16rh.png Ryu atatsu9shrt 13frwrd 17rh.png Ryu atatsu10shrt 14frwrd 18rh.png
Frame Count 4 4 4 4 5
Simplified 5

--Original Edit by Raisin (March 29, 2007)
--Special thanks to felineki for the info on the Air Hurricane Kick.

Super Combo

Shinku Hadoken
Qcf.pngQcf.png + P.png
236236P
Ryu super12.png
It's invincible! It does like half a lifebar! It juggles! It anti-airs! It has a fuckton of frame advantage! It slices! It dices! It'll get you a good deal on a preowned vehicle!
Damage Dizzy Dizzy Time Cancel Guard
16[1] x 5 0~4 x 5 20 x 5 None Mid
Startup Active Recovery Total Frame Adv.
10 Traveling 41 51 +35 (All Hits Blocked)/Hard Knockdown
Invul Act. Range Juggle Meter
1-14 N/A Yes -
  • Ryu becomes invincible through sheer willpower and throws a powered-up Hadoken that deals 5 hits. Any other projectile in its path will be dissipated.


  • Since this move juggles, it makes a great anti-air, hitting up to 4 times. Combine that with the invincibility and this might make for a powerful, if predictable reversal. You'll also get absurd frame advantage if the move is blocked, meaning you can use this as a tick throw starter. If used from point blank, however, some of the hits will pass straight through your opponent, and you'll be left open for punishment.


  • When fighting characters with projectiles, you may be tempted to burst this straight through any projectiles they though, but keep in mind that this game was programmed on a Speak and Spell. When throwing a Shinku through other projectiles, whether or not they have time to block is determined by not only whether or not they're cornered, but how many hits they took during the round. Cornered opponents will always take the full Super, but if they're someplace else, they will have time to block or avoid the Super if they took an odd number of hits during the round. They'll always take the full Super if they were hit by an even number of hits, however. This affects all versions (Japan, World, Asia, and USA).

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  • Invincible part:
Ryu super1.png Ryu super2.png Ryu super3.png Ryu super4.png Ryu super5.png Ryu super6.png Ryu super7.png
Frame Count 2 6 1 + [18] + 1 1 1 1 1
Simplified 10 4... (41)


  • Non-invincible part:
Ryu super8.png Ryu super9.png Ryu super10.png Ryu super11.png Ryu super12.png
Frame Count 1 1 1 2 3...
Simplified ...37 (41)



Misc Animations

Jump Animations

  • Neutral Jump:
Ryu bj10 nj1&10 fj1&11.png Ryu nj2 fj2.png Ryu nj3.png Ryu nj4.png Ryu nj5.png Ryu nj6.png Ryu nj7.png Ryu nj8 fj9.png Ryu nj9 fj10.png Ryu bj10 nj1&10 fj1&11.png
Frame Count 3 1 8 8 8 8 8 4 1 7*
Simplified 3 1 44 1 7*
  • Back Jump:
Ryu bj1.png Ryu bj2.png Ryu bj3 fj8.png Ryu bj4 fj7.png Ryu bj5 fj6.png Ryu bj6.png Ryu bj7 fj4.png Ryu bj8 fj3.png Ryu bj9.png Ryu bj10 nj1&10 fj1&11.png
Frame Count 3 1 15 3 3 3 3 18 1 7*
Simplified 3 1 43 1 7*
  • Forward Jump:
Ryu bj10 nj1&10 fj1&11.png Ryu nj2 fj2.png Ryu bj8 fj3.png Ryu bj7 fj4.png Ryu fj5.png Ryu bj5 fj6.png Ryu bj4 fj7.png Ryu bj3 fj8.png Ryu nj8 fj9.png Ryu nj9 fj10.png Ryu bj10 nj1&10 fj1&11.png
Frame Count 3 1 13 5 3 3 3 5 11 1 7*
Simplified 3 1 43 1 7*

N.Ryu's prejump animation was nerfed on ST by 1 frame, so unlike O.Ryu, who has a considerably fast prejump animation, N.Ryu's prejump is of average speed. This for the most part is a disadvantage.

There's a small gap between the leg hurtbox and chest hurtbox on Ryu's backward prejump frames. You can actually abuse it to evade Low Tiger Shots entierly! You can even evade meaty Low Tiger Shots on wake up since the first wake up frame will be the first prejump frame if you wake up holding up-back. Mattsun does this frequently. Be aware though that if it's a meaty Short Low Tiger Shot you'll most likely end up landing on it, unless you react with an Air Tatsu to alter your jump trajectory, of course.

The landing recovery has a special property which allows it to be canceled into certain actions. At the first landing frame, you can perform throws (including command throws), and on the second landing frame, you can start another jump, attack with a normal or special move, or block. Blocking not being until the second landing frame, as well as hitbox-hurtbox interactions having priority over throwbox-throw hurtbox is why sweeps work as anti airs in this game.
Things are different when jumping over your opponent, however. In that situation it's possible to walk back/forward, to jump again or to even block on the first landing frame! Strangely, if a throw is timed on the first landing frame of a jump that crosses over, a throwbox will never come out, even though that input will result in a normal coming out 2 frames later (like it normally would). Anyway, being able to block on the first landing frame can help a little bit on some safe jump crossup setups, or maybe in other situations as well if your character has a huge jump arc.

Combos

This section lists useful combos that are plausible for match play. Combos that end in a hadouken can use either the blue or red versions, and may knock down if the red version is used.

Ryu Combo 1.png

Bread & Butter

  • j.hk, cr.mk xx fp hadouken
  • j.fp, cr.fp xx fp hadouken
  • j.hk, st.fp xx fp hadouken

Meaty Combos

  • meaty f + fp, cr.fp xx hadouken
  • meaty f + fp, cr.mp, cr.hk (xx fp hadouken if blocked)
  • meaty cl.hk, cr.hk (xx fp hadouken if blocked)
  • meaty cl.mk, cr.mk xx hadouken

Crouching Opponent Only

  • f + mp, cr.hk
  • cross up j.hk, f + fp, cr.fp xx fp hadouken

Cross Up Only

  • cross up j.hk, cr.mp, cr.mk xx fp hadouken (this combo also works in corner w/o the crossup)
  • cross up j.hk, cr.mp, (hit-confirm) xx fp shoryuken

Corner Only

  • meaty cr.mk, cr.mk xx fp hadouken
  • meaty jab hadouken, (walk up if needed) cr.rh
  • meaty jab hadouken, strong or fierce hadouken
  • meaty jab hadouken, super

Juggles

  • j.mp (2 hits), j.mp (xx hurricance kick for meter)
  • j.mp (2 hits), j.mp (1 hit), super (2 hits)
  • j.mp (2 hits), super (3 hits)
  • anti-air super (2 hits), j.mp (xx hurricane kick to regain some meter)

If you use super as anti-air and it hits three or four times, you can not combo jumping strong punch after it.

Super Combos

  • Any of the above combos that end with a crouching move xx hadouken can be modified to end with a super instead. To cancel a crouching normal into Ryu's super, press the button for the normal at the beginning of the second fireball motion for the super. Examples:
    • cr.mk xx super (↓↘→, ↓ + mk, ↘→ + Jab)
    • cr.fp xx super (↓↘→, ↓ + Fierce, ↘→ + Jab)
    • cr.mp, cr.mk xx super (↓ + mp, pause, ↘→ ,↓ + Forward, ↘→ + Jab)
    • j.Fierce/Roundhouse, cr/st.Fierce xx super (↓↘→ + Fierce in the air, ↓/neutral + Fierce, ↓↘→ + Strong)

In order to cancel a punch into super, you have to pause for a split second before pressing the button, or you will get a hadouken instead of a normal. If using a kick, instead of pausing, you can just walk forward. This can be used to do walk-up cr.forward xx super.

Goryus 18:44, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Strategies

Overview

Super Turbo Ryu is a very flexible character. He has powerful combos, solid mixups, dangerous traps, and a great super. His moves provide him with an amazing toolbox, allowing him to avoid projectiles and punish mistakes easily and on the fly.


Basics

Ryu's basic game centers around two moves: the Hadouken (Fireball) and the Shoryuken (Dragon Punch).

The Hadouken is a powerful move - it advances across the screen independently of Ryu, harming anything it touches. Even if blocked, it still does damage (albeit only a little). As a result, throwing one forces the opponent to react; they have to try and find a way around it, or they will eventually succumb to the constant chip damage.

Every character has an easy way to try and avoid the Hadouken: jumping over it. Unfortunately for them, Ryu has also been equipped with the game's best anti-air move: the Shoryuken. If an opponent reacts to a Hadouken by jumping over it, Ryu can respond by performing a Shoryuken as they are coming down. Since they cannot block while in the air, there is nothing they can do to prevent it from hitting them.

If a character jumps over a Hadouken from a distance, out of the range of Ryu's Shoryuken, he can still walk forward and force them to land on a cr.hk (depending on the range of his jumping attacks). They cannot block this when timed correctly, and it will knock them down.

Zoning

Ryu's ideal positioning against most characters is at the very end of their jump arc - this gives him the maximum amount of time to recover from a Hadouken, while still being in range to hit them with a Shoryuken if they try to jump.


The Fireball Trap

Ryu's famous Fireball Trap is a simple but deadly pattern he can follow on a cornered opponent. After scoring a knock-down on an opponent in the corner, Ryu can first position himself at the end of their jump arc, and then throw a Jab Hadouken as they are getting up. The Jab Hadouken hits meaty, after which Ryu can immediately throw a second Jab Hadouken, which hits just after the first. Finally, he throws a Fierce Hadouken just as the second Jab Hadouken ends.

If done correctly, the enemy cannot jump out of this pattern. If they try to jump between any of these fireballs, the next fireball will hit them on the way up, they will be knocked down, and the pattern can be begun again. If they decide to jump after the last fireball in the pattern, Ryu can use his Shoryuken to knock them out of the sky and back into the corner. Then he can throw a meaty Jab Hadouken as they are getting up, and repeat the process all over again.

A few characters can break the pattern by evading the Jab Hadouken with an invulnerable move. Ryu and Ken can use their Jab Shoryukens to escape. Honda can use a Buttslam, which can be countered by a Shoryuken, but if you have committed to throwing a Fierce Hadouken, you can get a move to whiff and be punished for it as Honda descends. In order to avoid this problem, consider using the button-release Hadouken.

Hadouken tick

If you knock an enemy down at their corner, try getting from close to mid distance and throwing a Jab Hadouken so that it hits near their back. This gives you time to walk up and throw them while their are worried about cr.forward xx red Hadouken, walk up and retreat to bait reversals and walk-up Jab shoryuken. If the Hadouken hits, you can combo a crouching kick as they recover. Note that this strategy has risks: as the Hadouken has to land really meaty, many special attacks that have short periods of invulnerability can be used to evade the projectile completely, which would not be possible otherwise. This includes Ryu's Tatsumaki, Guile's Short flash kick, Dee Jay and Vega's (Claw) flip kicks, Fei Long's Rekku Kyaku and many super moves.

Tencho bait

Throw a few Fierce or Strong Hadoukens at your enemy. If they get blocked and you feel they are about to jump in, step back and throw a Jab Hadouken for them to land on it.

Feints

Ryu (or Ken) have to duck for a split second if they throw a Hadouken while walking or standing still. Other players can react to this and the move's initial frames to evade the projectile or even punish you for using it. Ryu can fake Hadouken by simply ducking and standing, or throwing some standing Jab or Strong punches. Use this against enemies that can punish Hadoukens on reaction, such as Vega (Claw), M. Bison (Dictator), Sagat and others. If they jump in, punish with a Fierce Shoryuken. Against charge characters, mix up Hadoukens with rush punches and short tatsus so as to be at the end of their jump arc while pushing them back to their corner at the same time. That is the most dangerous distance for you to be if they guess right, but with mix-ups it should get difficult for your enemies to jump the right time.

The Super

Ryu's super is one of the best in the game, and he is capable of charging it up very quickly. It has three important properties that make it so dangerous:

  • It blows through lesser projectiles, and will hit the character that threw them. In matches against other characters with projectiles, such as Dhalsim or Sagat, getting the super charged is a major turning point - it neutralizes their fireball, and let's Ryu play the game at his pace.
  • It can easily be combo'ed into for massive damage (see Combos, above). A basic combo into super does around 70% of an opponent's health in damage, and will almost certainly end the round if it hits them.
  • When blocked, it keeps the opponent trapped in blockstun for a long time, allowing Ryu to close the distance and follow up with one of his deadly mixups (see Mixups, below). The additional blockstun can also be used to extend his fireball trap, with the pattern: meaty Jab Hadouken, super, Jab Hadouken, Fierce Hadouken.

Button-Release Hadouken

Check this article at Nohoho's blog for an explanation on how to use negative-edge special attacks to avoid whiffed normals.

Built-In Shoryuken

The built-in Shoryuken is an advanced technique that takes precise execution to be effective. When mastered, it will allow you to safe-jump on certain characters without the risk of getting countered (video example). It is explained in this post at Nohoho's blog. Do not try to use this technique against characters you are not comfortable safe-jumping at.

Buffered-Motion Shoryuken

After a Ryu player performs the Shoryuken motion, he or she is allowed some time before pressing (or releasing) the punch button, and the move will still come out. This time is greatest when using a Jab Shoryuken, which is handy, since that's the version with least vulnerability. This technique can be important as it allows you to counter things in a way that wouldn't be possible otherwise, since the Shoryuken motion is relatively slow.

For instance, when dealing with moves with fast start-up, like Blanka's rolling attack, you can realize your enemy is likely to attempt such an attack, and buffer the →↓↘ motion. If the enemy does perform the move you are expecting, simply press the Jab button to counter it. On the other hand, would he not perform the attack you wanted to counter, simply avoid pressing punch buttons for a brief moment, and behave accordingly.

This technique can also be used with projectile wars. Often, you want to advance (walking, rush punch, short tatsu) instead of using your Hadoukens, because 1) this would push your enemy close to his corner, 2) it is safer than being trapped in the Hadouken's long recovery, and 3) allows you to react to some-random jumps. However, would your enemy keep on throwing projectiles, you are likely to block one them, accept the corresponding chip damage, and get pushed back to your own corner in the process, which is bad. Since the Jab Shoryuken makes Ryu's legs and body invulnerable, you can use it to avoid such projectiles. From a distance, you can easily input the full motion on reaction, but this is not true when closing the gap. Thus, you can advance and buffer the motion when you expect he might throw a projectile.

A similar strategy can be used when you are cornered by projectile characters. It is not possible to react to all projectiles from such a range, but if you buffer the motion and pay attention to the projectiles themselves, then you will be able to react and avoid some of them, which may give you room to try and escape the trap. Simply predicting them is risky, since most players will throw in some feints so as to make you whiff the move and punish you.

Mixups

Once Ryu scores a knockdown, he has one of two choices: he can continue pressuring with his Hadouken, or he can move in and attack with his powerful mixups as they are regaining their feet.


Cross Ups

Ryu can cross up his opponents as they are getting up by jumping a little over them and pressing Roundhouse. When done correctly, this has to be blocked in the opposite direction, because Ryu is no longer in front of them when the Roundhouse kick connects. If Ryu deliberately aims at the spot right above his opponent's head, it is often very difficult to tell whether the attack will cross up or not - and if the opponent guesses wrong, regardless of which side Ryu ends up on, Ryu gains a huge opportunity to hit the opponent with one of his Bread & Butter combos. A common technique is to follow with a cr.Strong as you land so you can confirm whether you are hitting the enemy or he blocked. If your enemy did not block, immediately cancel the crouching Strong into a Shoryuken, for high damage and a full knockdown. Else, apply Ryu's usual mix-ups such as throw, cr.Roundhouse, cr.Forward xx red Hadouken, late Shoryuken or simply waiting for him to make a mistake.

In addition to the previous strategy, Ryu can jump forward the way he normally would for a safe jump, from the front. As he is at the apex of the jump, perform an air tatsu to cross the enemy up as you land, obtaining another knock down. You can also jump above your enemy in a way that a cross-up Roundhouse would whiff. Before landing, perform an air Tatsumaki to hit your enemy if he tries to walk up and throw you.

Other mix-ups from an aerial roundhouse can be found in the strategy section of the Yoga Book Hyper (translated into English here). The general idea is to keep the enemy guessing whether they should reverse or not, stand or not, even if he correctly blocks the aerial attack.


High/Low

Ryu's → + Strong command normal has to be blocked high - it will hit any opponent who is blocking low. In addition, it can be linked into his cr.RH for a 3 hit combo, and a knockdown. Similarly, Ryu's cr.Fwd xx red Hadouken has to be blocked low - it will hit any opponent who is blocking high (also scoring a knockdown).

If your opponent is not fast enough, randomly choosing one of these two patterns as he is recovering from a knockdown or cross-up Roundhouse will give you a 50/50 chance of hitting him again, scoring another knockdown, and continuing the assault. However, know that Ryu's overhead swing has a long start-up, which allows players with good reactions to block or even counter it.


Throw Baiting

Ryu has two normal moves after which he can always link cr.Forward: → + Fierce, and cr.Strong. In addition, he can link cr.Forward after a meaty st.Forward or cr.Forward.

By performing one of these moves as an opponent is getting up, Ryu is threatening to hit the opponent with a powerful combo. To prevent this, the opponent will likely block the move. However, these attacks are also excellent throw set-ups - simply wait until the move has finished, and then press → and Fierce to throw the opponent. If the timing fails, you will obtain the rush punch again, setting up a new basic guessing game. The more you repeat this, the move the enemy is likely to try a reversal, else he will be pushed towards his corner while you gain a lot of super meter.

Savvy opponents will know that they can escape the throw by either A) counter-throwing, or B) performing a reversal move. But here is the trick to this mixup: doing either requires them to stand up. Since cr.mk can be linked after these moves, you can link cr.Forward xx red Hadouken instead of trying to throw them. This will hit them if they try to counter-throw or perform a reversal move, knock them down, and let you follow up with another mixup.

Additional Notes

It is important to pay attention to what happens to your Hadoukens after you throw them. Ryu can only ever have one Hadouken on the screen at a time, so if an opponent jumps straight up to pass over the Hadouken, attempting to throw a second one will simply fail and result in a normal move. This gives the opponent plenty of time to close the gap and fight the game on his terms.

In order to play Ryu well, you must be able to react to how your opponent reacts to your Hadoukens.

Goryus 17:24, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Match-ups

Matchups classified with this diagram in mind, for the old characters i guessed the positions.

--Born2SPD

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Serious Advantage Match-ups

Vs. E. Honda:

  • 8 - 2

Round start

Block; step back a bit then use crouching Strong (beats HHS and Dos Koi headbutt); jump back.

Main Strategy

Use your projectile game to zone him, and cr.Roundhouse or SRK to punish jump-ins. Against Buttslams, prefer Shoryukens, back + strong (throw) or cr.strong xx red Hadouken, as N.Ryu's increased crouching kick vulnerability gets them stuffed, usually. If he gets up close, do not panic. Watch out for opportunities such as a jump-in or a Buttslam, and be ready to walk up and cr.Roundhouse into Hadouken to keep him honest about standing just outside your range. Try red Hadoukens between his pokes occasionally. If he does a super, either SRK him right away if you got the time or simply block the first hit and use a reversal Shoryuken to knock him out of the air. If you score a knockdown, simply have him wake up on meaty Hadoukens and continue with your zone game. Do not attempt normal meaties against him: odds are you will eat a free Oiicho throw.

It is important to keep in mind that while Ryu's projectile game is hard to get around, experienced Honda players will eventually get in if you stick to just throwing Hadoukens. Thus, it is important to feint with normals so he does not know when a real projectile will be fired, and mix some rush punches or even walking up so as to punish jump-ins with Shoryukens. This will cause major damage, reset the situation, and push him back at his own corner.

Vs. O. E. Honda:

The plan is similar to that against the ST/X version of the character, but the exact way one applies it should differ, since he has different normals. Be wary of the hadouken baits O.Honda players should give you, since they will want to leave one of his many standing kicks' legs waiting for you to extend you hurtbox and eat the knockdown.

He has an even harder time jumping over projectiles, since he does not have the steerable neutral hp. You should abuse that and try to prevent him from ever getting close. Don't throw too many slow projectiles, since he can easily react to those and neutral jump them, preventing you from throwing further hadoukens since that slow one won't leave the screen immediately.

Vs. Blanka:

  • 7.5 - 2.5

Round Start

Block, walk up block, walk up cr.kick xx Hadouken, cr.Strong.

Main Strategy

Stay on the ground. Crouching Strong beats a number of his pokes, but does not have enough reach to guarantee that you will control him in footsies. Use Hadoukens from a distance or between his pokes to push him back. If he uses his horizontal rolling attack, block it standing and do a reversal Fierce Hadouken to punish him. If Blanka jumps in on top of you, use a Shoryuken. If he jumps from a distance such that it would whiff, use cr.Roundhouse, standing Strong and jumping Fierce as anti-air. Blanka can often counter those moves, so mix them up to keep him off balance. If you score a knockdown, use your projectile game or jumping Fierce if you believe he will try a reversal. Do a Hadouken as you land to punish a possible reversal back hop. The horizontal rolling part of Blanka's super can be hit by Hadoukens.

You should watch out for normals with exceptionally good priority. Blanka's standing Short and neutral jumping Forward kicks have no projected hitboxes, so do not try to counter those with vulnerable normals or specials.

Blanka has several ground cross-ups he can apply either mid-screen or at the corner. Those can be countered by a reversal shoryuken, but since he switches sides, you must either reverse the command completely, or use the →(↘)↓↙ motion. There is one exception that you must be wary about: ground cross-ups after a blocked strong punch cancelled into a Surprise Forward hop. Your attack will completely whiff almost every time, leaving you vulnerable to his biting attack or devastating combos. React with a counter throw instead.

His Electric Thunder attack, if ever used, can be countered by crouching strong (preferably cancelled into a Hadouken. If he ever whiffs a Vertical Beast Roll, remember to punish it on the ground with a crouching attack, since most Ryu's standing normals will whiff after he touches the ground.

Vs. O. Blanka:

He is strictly weaker than Blanka. No cross-up aerial Short means you only need to worry about dizzy combos from the front.

Vs. Cammy:

  • 7.5 - 2.5

Round start

Block, rush punch into throw, jump back, backwards juice kick.

Main strategy

Use your projectile game to zone her, and use standing Strong or cr.Roundhouse to punish jump-ins. If she gets up close, try a red Hadouken between her pokes, or a walk-up cr.Forward or Roundhouse into Hadouken only if she does not have super. Jump ins, Spinning Backfist and Hooligan Combination can all be punished with a Shoryuken on reaction. If she is closer to you, it might be a better idea to use a cr.Fierce as a counter to random Hooligan Combinations, as it should be harder to input the Shoryuken motion in time.

She is rather vulnerable to ambiguous cross-ups, so the aerial Roundhouse, cr.Strong hit-confirmed into Shoryuken is a good option. Alternatively, you can link cr.Forward after the punch and cancel it into a Fierce Hadouken for a dizzy combo. In case she blocks it, mix up throws, cr.Short into cr.RH xx Hadouken, cr.Forward xx Hadouken, cr.Strong (safer in case you mess up the timing), or just wait and react accordingly.

In case she hits you in the air with close standing Strong, she will have a nasty cross-under as a follow-up. In case she does go for the cross-under, you can counter it the same way you would Balrog's (Boxer) or Ken's throw loops: input the Shoryuken motion in the direction she is walking. So if she walks to the left, it should be ←↓↙ + punches. If you want to have a chance to throw her too, you may use ←↓↙← + punches, Forward and Roundhouse. This can also result in Tatsus in case she does not cross under.

Do not throw slow Hadoukens as soon as she gets super, as she can react to them. Also, watch out for baits such as blocked Spiral Arrow, which you can usually take advantage of and force her to block a Hadouken, but she should be buffering the super motion just so you do something slow enough for her to hit a button and land the full super.

Vs. O. Cammy:

Mostly the same as Cammy, but she has no super, Hooligan Combination and cross-up aerial Short, giving her less chances of delivering high damage.

Since O.Cammy can be safe-jumped, you can use the Aniken strategy against her. Simply throw her as much as you can, varying your ticks (one jumping weak attack, one jumping weak attack and one grounded weak attack, one jumping medium attack, etc.) until she is dead, or until she manages to reverse. When she is cornered, she can no longer walk backwards, which makes it easier to walk up and throw her again after any whiffed attack or moment of hesitation.

Vs. Dee Jay:

  • 7 - 3

Round Start

Walk up and block, walk up cr.kick into Haoduken, block.

Main Strategy

Use a barrage of Hadoukens to cancel his Max Out game, and rush punches or short Tatsus to close the gap and push him into the corner. If he jumps, you will be in position for a Shoryuken for high damage and a full knockdown. At the corner, keep the pressure up with Hadoukens, rush punches into throw and crouching kicks into Hadoukens. Do not threat him with whiffed normals: most his normals have good priority and will either beat or trade with your attacks. This is specially true for cr.Forward, which gets beaten cleanly by Dee Jay's cr.Strong and cr.Forward. If he tries to escape, use close standing Fierce or Shoryuken. If he jumps from a distance such that a SRK is unsafe, try a perfectly spaced sweep, diagonal Fierce or check his usual action after he lands. Due to the threat of cr.Roundhouse, you may be able to simply walk up and throw him. Neutral jumping roundhouse will stuff his diagonal jumping Roundhouse, but it is very risky. Only use it if you know for sure it will get used.

If you score a knockdown against Dee Jay, consider either safe jumping, meaty Hadouken, cross-up tatsu or meaty cr.Forward into cr.RH or another cr.Forward. Dee Jay's reversals have trouble hitting low, so you can usually punish him afterwards (Up kicks) or simply stuff him (Machine Gun Upper). Avoid meaty Jab Shoryukens, as his standing Roundhouse will punish it on block and his Short upkicks will beat it cleanly.

As it is usual against charge projectile characters, pay attention to his style, the clock and your life lead. The more jumpy the enemy gets, the more dangerous it is to throw Hadoukens, but the more damage you deal if you feint and punish with Shoryukens. Also, as his projectiles are fast and some of his normals have long reach, watch out when throwing a Hadouken if the previous one has been blocked or if you are at a frame disadvantage. You may eat a Max Out or a standing Roundhouse and get hit out of your projectile.

If cornered, stay calm. Dee Jay may get a sort of long block-string pressure going, but he will eventually have to either give up frame advantage or take some risk such as jumping in or trying to predict a Hadouken with standing RH. Be ready to sweep, SRK or get a red Hadouken in between his pokes. Also, be wary of supers, which will surely get all hits if you are cornered.

Watch out for trying to reversal throw after his awesome cross-up aerial Forward kick. Talented Dee Jays will use cr.Jab linked into cr.Short either once or twice, canceling it into MGU for major damage. Concentrate on softening the throw in that situation, and consider yourself lucky if your opponent always goes for the st.Strong xx Dread Kicks, which can be simply blocked.

Vs. O. Dee Jay:

Mostly the same as N.Dee Jay, but he has no Super and must rely only on MGU for a special anti-air. Installed Shoryukens should beat any reversal attack he tries on wake-up.

Vs. O. Fei Long:

Round Start

walk up cr.Forward, neutral jump Fierce or Roundhouse, standing Jab or Strong, wait.

Main Strategy

O.Fei is the 50% master in Super Turbo. Every time he touches you after a jump or a knockdown, you will be vulnerable to either a throw or a cr.Forward into Rekkas. The latter is devastating, and leaves you almost dizzy - if you are lucky. Watch out for that, and do not go mashing throws at every chance you get, if you want to survive.

He is Fei Long without the Rekka Kicks but with a few more cancels. Zone him, and get your cr.Roundhouse well spaced. He is also easily crossed-up on full knockdowns.


Since O.Fei can be safe-jumped, you can use the Aniken strategy against him. Simply throw him as much as you can, varying your ticks (one jumping weak attack, one jumping weak attack and one grounded weak attack, one jumping medium attack, etc.) until he is dead, or until he manages to reverse. When he is cornered, he can no longer walk backwards, which makes it easier to walk up and throw him again after any whiffed attack or moment of hesitation.

Vs. O. M. Bison (dictator):

Check the M. Bison (dictator) section, since the SSF2 version is strictly weaker. Notice that he is one of the old characters that has additional cancels in relation to SSF2, so he has the same ToD combos the ST/X version has.

Advantage Match-ups

Vs. Chun-Li:

  • 6 - 4

Use a barrage of hadoukens to cancel her kikouken game, and rush punches or short tatsus to close the gap and push her into the corner. If she jumps, you will be in position for a shoryuken for high damage and a full knockdown. At the corner, keep the pressure up with hadoukens, rush punches into throw and crouching kicks into hadoukens. If she tries to escape, use close standing fierce or shoryuken. If she jumps from a distance such that a SRK is unsafe, block or jump back . Her super is a threat when charged. Because she can store it while walking forward, be extra careful with your projectiles. If she uses the neckbreaker on your wake-up, block it low. It will change sides and hit as a cross-up if she does it from point-blank range. She can hit you out of hadoukens with a number of safe pokes such as standing forward kick. Time a projectile between pokes to avoid getting countered, but know you will be wide open for a dizzy combo if she guesses right and jumps in.

Vs. O. Chun-Li:

She has no super, which is a big help to you, but her aerial game is boss-like. You will only beat her jump-ins with deep Shoryukens or close Fierces: all other normals are likely to get stuffed. That aside, a less troublesome match for you.

Vs. Fei Long:

  • 6.5 - 3.5

Vs. Guile:

  • 6.5 - 3.5

Round Start

Walk up and block, walk up and RH Tatsu if he uses Sonic Boom, walk up cr.kick into Haoduken, block.

Main Strategy

Use a barrage of Hadoukens to cancel his sonic boom game, and rush punches or short Tatsus to close the gap and push him into the corner. If he jumps, you will be in position for a shoryuken for high damage and a full knockdown. At the corner, keep the pressure up with Hadoukens, rush punches into throw and crouching kicks into Hadoukens. If he tries to escape, use close standing Fierce or Shoryuken. If he jumps from a distance such that a SRK is unsafe, crouching Strong should beat all his jump-ins.

Guile can be easily crossed up. If you score a knockdown and you are either losing or near your own corner, try the safe and tested cross-up RH then cr.Strong combo, or other mix ups, such as throw, Jab into throw or cr.Forward xx Hadouken as he recovers. If you don't have time to cross him up, Guile is still particularly vulnerable to aerial Forward, cr.Strong, hit-confirmed into Shoryuken, in case he ever misses a reversal. This does major damage and stun, so he should be one attack (any) away from being dizzy, if he survives it.

If you manage to corner him - which is not easy - and if any crates or barrels which might be over there have already been destroyed, any Jab Shoryuken will set you up for a safe jump against him. Jumping short into short kick is a good way to keep him guessing about throws or a low attack.

Vs. O. Guile:

Same as above.

Vs. Ken:

  • 6.5 - 3.5

Round Start

Hadouken, walk up and block, walk up st.Strong, wait.

Main Strategy

Your fireball game is better: you have faster projectiles, shorter start-up and shorter overall recovery. Force him to take risks and punish accordingly, closing the distance when possible to push him into the corner.

If he whiffs a Fierce or Strong Shoryuken, or a Shoryureppa, it might be hard to guess which side he will land. By crouching and using the Forward kick, you will get the right direction everytime. As it is not that safe and his Jab Shoryuken is a threat, do cr.Forward, ←↙↓↘→ + P + K so as to cancel the kick into either a red Hadouken or a Tatsu. If you are cornered and you have super, do a cr.Forward xx super as you normally would when the enemy lands in front of you.

If you feel like pressuring his wake-up with Shoryukens for chip damage (mostly recommended if Ken is about to die), always use the Jab one, and make sure he wakes on on it. Else, Ken's Jab Shoryuken will stuff yours due to its better horizontal and vertical range. Conversely, if Ken is pressuring your wake-up with a Jab SRK, just accept the chip, as Strong and Fierce Shoryukens lose cleanly and Jab Shoryuken may also get hit around Ryu head cleanly, which is easier for Ken to do than the other way around.

Ken's cross-up Tatsu causes the hit or blockstun of a Fierce or Roundhouse, take that into account when trying to reverse knee bash attempts.

Vs. O. Ken:

  • 6-4

Round Start

Hadouken, walk up and block, walk up st.Strong, wait.

Main Strategy

Old Ken's Hadoukens can be annoying, but you still have a better start-up on your Hadouken and, more importantly, a faster projectile speed. Because of that, he has to constantly throw Hadoukens at you if he wants to get a projectile exchange going, which makes him more predictable.

You can not counter his diagonal Roundhouse with standing punches, as the leg is invulnerable, so get your walk-up Shoryuken ready or simply block. Else, keep your Hadou-Shoryu game going, sweep him if he jumps from a distance or do a late Jab Hadouken or walk up standing punch if he is happy with Shoryukens when landing.

His close game can be very dangerous, as if he is worked with the shotos' option selects, his Shoryuken will beat yours, resetting the situation. You need reversal throws to escape if he does not make a mistake.

Vs. M. Bison (dictator):

  • 6.5 - 3.5

Round Start

Block, Strong Hadouken, rapid-fire st.Jab.

Main Strategy

Dictator will try to poke you with his kicks and hit you out of your projectiles, then force you to throw a Hadouken or predict one and punish with a ToD combo. Also, he will want to put you in a defensive position and tick throw you from a range only Shoryuken will work, as Tatsus get beat by his punches. To avoid that, Ryu will use well placed projectiles, which will put Dictator on defense and force him to either play patiently and carefully, or take constant risks.

If you get him cornered, pressure him with Hadoukens. He is particularly vulnerable to your [projetile trap].

From full screen, Dictator can punish Hadoukens on reaction with Headstomps. Thus, keep constantly feinting so you can throw occasional Hadoukens (Fierce only). If you bait a Headstomp, diagonal Strong can punish it for some good damage and a full knockdown.

Learn the timing for crossing him on on knockdowns. This will put Dictator in a situation his only hope is to block correctly. If he does not, he will eat aerial Roundhouse, cr.Strong and either a Hadouken or a Shoryuken, which can be hit-confirmed. If he blocks correctly, he still has to deal with guessing games between throw, cr.kick (xx Hadouken) and Shoryuken. Avoid Tatsu as a follow-up as Dictator can react with diagonal Strong for a 3-hit juggle combo.

Training should help you differentiate jump-ins from Headstomps and Devil's Reverse. You must punish the jump-ins with Shoryukens: allowing Dictator to land aerial attacks on you is a losing strategy, even if you manage to block them. His tick throw game is very strong, and his block strings will allow him to get meter early, limiting your options.

If he tries a super from mid or long distance, use a Shoryuken on reaction. If you bait a super by jumping, Fierce beats it on the way down, if he is not anymore invulnerable, which is usually the case. Do not throw Jab Hadoukens from close and mid distance when he has bar: he will punish with the super on reaction.

If he tries a Headstomp while you are standing, crouch to avoid it. Zone him carefully and be ready to Shoryuken jump-ins.

Vs. O. Ryu:

Round Start

Block, walk up and block.

Main Strategy

Be careful here. His blue projectiles are better than yours, so he will zone better. Try to build your super bar while staying away from the corner, where he is deadly. Also, notice his blue Hadoukens have better start-up, which can cause some confusion if you are not used to facing him instead of N.Ryu. Be careful when trying to reverse with a Hadouken after having blocked a Hadouken of his, as there is a good chance you will get hit out of your projectile. As soon as you have super, the game will change in your favor and he will have to be extra careful with his projectiles, the with difference from N.Ryu that he has no hope of ever building a super of his. Watch out for random jumps and juice kick shennanigans.

Do not challenge his wake-up with any Shoryukens and do not challenge his Shoryukens on your wake-up. Remember: he is invincible during the whole active part of the move, and his Shoryuken stays active longer than yours.

Since O.Ryu can be safe-jumped, you can use the Aniken strategy against him. Simply throw him as much as you can, varying your ticks (one jumping weak attack, one jumping weak attack and one grounded weak attack, one jumping medium attack, etc.) until he is dead, or until he manages to reverse. When he is cornered, he can no longer walk backwards, which makes it easier to walk up and throw him again after any whiffed attack or moment of hesitation.

Vs. Sagat:

  • 6.5 - 3.5

Round Start

Block.

Main Strategy

This match-up has some interesting aspects regarding zoning. Ryu has the better recovery on his projectile, the Hadouken, but Sagat's has options among which area of the screen he covers and either a faster or slower projectile than those of Ryu. Also, while Ryu remains vulnerable for more time after throwing his projectile, Sagat happens to have a faster punishment for extended limbs with his aerial Roundhouse than Ryu with any of his jump-ins. However, Ryu has the option of either ducking high Tigers or using Tatsu through or above low Tigers, together with modifying his jump arc on reaction with the air Tatsus if he mistimes a neutral jump.

While both characters are strong from a distance, Ryu has trouble due to Sagat's fast projectiles and his worse ability to punish limbs from further away. Ryu's super through low Tigers also allows Sagat to block the remaining hits due to the extended limbs giving enough time to recover, so accepting damage while getting cornered is risky. On the other hand, while Sagat's Tiger Uppercut has more range than Ryu's Shoryuken and is safer on block, it has much less invulnerability. Up close, Ryu has stronger tools: the threat of the Shoryuken, longer range on his cancelable crouching kicks, Shakunetsu Hadouken that knocks down, negates Sagat a range where he can jump in and not eat a Shoryuken, punishes any high fast Tiger on reaction after ducking them and punishes slow projectiles with reaction super. Thus most Ryu players will choose to rush Sagat down.

To close the gap, keep feinting to bait a jump in, Short Tatsu through low tigers and rush punches when Sagat can not throw a projectile on your face. You can get Sagat to jump by throwing many projectiles, but as his jump arc is short and his aerial Roundhouse has good damage and range, this is riskier than usual. Do not get carried away when trading projectiles.

Your usual anti-airs (Shoryuken, st.Short, st.Strong, diagonal Fierce) work well in this match, but you must be aware of his range. As for Sagat, a Ryu player will soon learn not to spam jumps against him, as just three of his options - Tiger Uppercut, far Fierce and crouching Roundhouse - are enough to negate almost any air attack.

If you score a knockdown, your two main options are meaty Hadouken or cross-up Tatsu. A safe jump is possible (same timing as against Claw), but harder to time due to Sagat's Uppercut having a start-up of just three frames, and maybe useless, if he gets a Jab one to come out, which is safe on block. Also due to the fast start-up, built-in Shoryukens are hard. Consider the cross-up Tatsu if you are not about to corner the opponent, and the Hadouken otherwise, naturally. Tiger Uppercut has a deceiving range when he gets cross-up, and as Ryu's leg is partially vulnerable, he can be hit out of the move if he lands close, even it Sagat's move comes out the wrong way. Favor Tatsus at the apex of Ryu's jump, to hit Sagat safely and land outside the range of his crouching Roundhouse. Avoid Shoryukens on his wake-up, unless he is spamming Jab Tiger Uppercut: he can simply block and punish with a Fierce punch, every time.

It s a good idea to save your super for punishing slow high Tigers and as a mix-up in the corner, where Sagat will have very few options. Do not go for unavoidable chip damage, unless that will get him to die or at least deny him block against special moves. Also, recall that the extended limbs on low Tigers will allow Sagat to block the remaining hits almost every time, even if the corner or the end of the screen limit his reeling animation. Sagat's super is invulnerable: punish the recovery, and watch-out for predictable Hadoukens from mid and close range.

Vs. T. Hawk:

  • 6 - 4

Round Start

Crouching Strong, wait, jump back.

Main Strategy

Hawk can kill you with his Typhoon loop. Fast. You have to keep him out if you want to survive. Hawk's plan, on the other hand, is to get in. This is the match-up, not trying to escape the loop, which means you are already counting on luck or an execution mistake.

Hawk has several ways of getting in, but all of them put him in range for some of Ryu's melee attacks, or force him to give up blocking, which also leaves him wide open to Hadoukens. He can simply walk up and do a typhoon, which you can counter with a crouching kick or Red Hadouken. We can whiff a normal outside your range and throw you faster by previously buffering the command, which you can also stop with a crouching kick or Hadouken. The normal whiff can be a warning. This, however, force you to throw a normal or a projectile which he can predict and punish with cr.RH, getting a fast knockdown, or even walk-up and Rising Hawk, which gives him the full knockdown, to great advantage. From a range, he can control some space with Roundhouse, which gets stuffed by your Strong punch, and can be hit if he attacks again by a properly timed Hadouken.

Other ways of getting in are aerial normals (Jab "wall" or Fierce) and the Condor Dive, or simply dive, for short. Both are extremely dangerous: the dive knocks you down while even accepting a jumping normal will probably lead to you getting sucked into Mexican Typhoon. The dive gives Ryu some time to either block it or punish it, which can be done with a Shoryuken, standing Jab or standing Short, depending on the angle. Notice he can only dive until the apex of his jump. As he falls, he can only use normals. The normals, usually Jab, can be swept from the right range, or punished with a Shoryuken from closer range. Know your options (SRK, sweep, standing/jumping punches) and be ready to use them. If the jump is ambiguous, try to simply jump back, as accepting it will lead to a safe option-select throw attempt. If you have super, you can use it as anti-air in that situation. Crouching Roundhouse gives you a safe jump on Hawk, if it hits. You have to wait for a split second before jumping, or your aerial attack will whiff.

If he gets you in his loop, your only way out is the super. Among Ryu's specials, the one that has the best chance of escaping the loop is Short Tatsu. Rarely, the Tatsus can also allow Ryu to escape the installed Rising Hawk after safe jumps, but this demands certain fortunate distances and timing from Hawk as he jumps. It may also help before the typhoon, as a Rising Hawk, crouching Strong or Fierce do less damage than the command throw, and there is a small chance that they mistime a move and you get away with a throw or Shoryuken. Hawk players know that the super will push them back, so they will often try to predict it and punish with a dive, jump or Rising Hawk. Watch out, try to read his intentions and not be predictable.

Vs. O. Vega (claw):

Vs. O. Zangief:

Fair Match-ups

Vs. O. Balrog (boxer):

Vs. O. Dhalsim:

Vs. Ryu (self):

Ryu is you, so keep your zoning and footsie tricks in mind, and make good use of aerial Tatsus to avoid getting hit by Hadoukens. Do not throw slow Hadoukens from close range when he gets his super: motion buffering and reactions will allow the opponent to punish it on reaction. Also, do not cancel the tip of crouching kicks into Hadouken: the opponent can reversal super after the kick. If you are about to kill him, never use Strong of Fierce Shoryukens to chip him to death: the vulnerability with allow them to be stuffed cleanly by reversal Shoryukens.

Most the character's strengths and weaknesses show in this match. You can be safe jumped, or have a safe cr.Strong meaty as you wake up. Your Hadoukens can be punished hard from mid range if they guess them, and you will be one hit away from dizzy after that, in case they finish the combo with a blue Hadouken. In case they use a red one (Shakunetstu Hadouken), you should have a bit more leniency, but will eat a full knockdown. Your aerial Roundhouse is not too reliable against yourself (or any shoto, for that matter), but it can be made ambiguous, and you can use a Tatsumaki instead to hit them a bit later from behind. On the other hand, that Tatsu is particularly vulnerable to shoryukens, even if they go the wrong way, since Ryu's leg is vulnerable.

Vs. O. T. Hawk:

Vs. Zangief:

  • 4.5 - 5.5

Round Start

Stand still and wait, Red Hadouken, walk up cr.Forward xx Hadouken, walk up cr.kick, jump back + tatsu.

Main Strategy

Here's your objective: 1) don't get knocked down, 2) don't block jumps if you can trade or beat them, 3) don't get overwhelmed by his footsie arsenal and 4) don't get cornered. His objective is to land SPDs, get in melee range so as to put you on pressure and corner you, so you are vulnerable to safe jumps into SPD loops.

Your projectile game mostly fails against Zangief, as 1) he can evade Hadoukens with Lariats and 2) his jumps are short, often allowing him to hit your extended arms before you can react with a Shoryuken. You will want to throw projectiles in the hope he messes up and with timing such that he will get hit if he tries to predict them with a Green Hand. He can also use his st.Forward kick to poke you from outside your normal move range. If it whiffs, you can try crouching or standing Strong to stuff it, but recall these two options project your hitboxes forward a bit. That aside, you can try walk up sweep or cr.Forward, simply faint or use a Red Hadouken between his pokes. While Zangief can counter all these, mixing up between them all makes it troublesome for Zangief to use his many ground tools. You must try not to default to blocking, at it allows Zangief to Lariat in front of you freely, getting meter and position while you stay pinned due to block recovery. If you see a Lariat and you are not blocking, however, you can walk up and sweep him with your crouching Roundhouse. Also, keep in mind that kick Lariats are vulnerable at the end of the move and punch Lariats have the range increase as Zangief spins. This means you risk getting stuffed if you guess a kick lariat wrong (hadouken) or SPDed or punched if you guess a punch Lariat wrong (while walking forward for a crouching kick). From middle distance, use rush punches to quickly advance and punish Lariats, being ready to use a SRK in case he jumps.

Do not default to Shoryukens as a reversal move against Zangief. First of all, it is not safe on block, and due to Zangief's SPD range, he can usually throw you as you land. In addition to it, the move is throwable before getting airbone. If Zangief tries a delayed SPD or even a Running Bear grab from maximum range, he may throw you out of the Shoryuken. Ryu's Short tatsu will be very helpful in such situations, but do not overuse the move: after a safe jump, if Gief sees it coming, he can Lariat you out of it and earn a cross-up guessing game that will most like end in you taking a lot of damage. In the worst case, you may be dizzied and lose the round there.

This is one of the many match-ups where you must not allow the opponent to freely jump on you. Unless he is out of range, have the Shoryuken, standing RH kick or the sweep ready. Each time you block a jump-in, you are vulnerable to guessing games which are on his favor. Know the ranges of your different anti-airs and apply them. Also, be careful with your sweeps, since overusing the move can lead to eating a deadly combo into a knockdown.

If you score a knockdown, know your jumping Strong and Jab punches will stuff his reversal Lariat. This will force him to block, which then gives you some mean guessing games with options among throw, delayed Jab Shoryuken or Short Tatsu (for throw mashers) and crouching kicks into Hadouken or super. If you get him on his corner, pressure him with cr.kicks into Hadouken, sweeps and projectiles. Lariats are risky for him there, as he has little room to walk back and avoid sweeps, but he is forced to try something risky in that situation. Be on the safe side, though: if he grabs you, he can steer his SPDs to spin in the direction of his own corner, extending his pressure in both sides of the screen.

In this match-up, do not

  • try cross-up Tatsus;
  • try meaty grounded normal attacks;
  • spam Forward and Roundhouse Tatus;
  • default to Shoryuken as a reversal;
  • default to Red Hadouken between his pokes;
  • default to backward or down back, getting pinned down during Lariats;
  • try meaty aerial kicks;
  • try any meaty aerial attack on top of him;
  • discard the risk of him jumping on you.

Zangief does have a slight advantage against Ryu, but if Ryu is on his toes, he can give Zangief a lot of trouble.

Disadvantage Match-ups

Vs. Balrog (boxer):

  • 4 - 6

Round Start

Block, wait a bit and st.Strong, small step towards and cr.Forward, jump Back.

Main Strategy

Your plan is to somehow prevent Boxer from getting his offense going and killing you before you can try something. His offense comes from his many awesome rush punches, TAP, high priority special headbutt, good range and priority normals and the best super in the game. Use standing Strong to punish predictable or random rushes, and zone him with Hadoukens. Mix their speeds to make it harder for him to simply ignore them while building meter by headbutting though them, punish jumps and Fierce headbutts appropriately. If you score a knockdown, use safe jumps, cross-up tatsus, or simply have him wake up on a Hadouken.

Safe jump -> Block 1. throw 2. cr short, throw 3. wait 1 frame or 2, cr forward xx fireball 4. cr mp, frame trap cr RH


If he gets close, watch out for predictable Hadoukens, as he can headbutt though them for a knockdown and then apply a mean guessing game on your wake-up. His main options are Jab Heabutt (beats anything but blocking), bait (so as to punish a reversal or whiffed Fierce), cr.Jab (x1/2) into hold or bait, meaty cr.Forward into hold or linked into cr.Strong xx Low Rush. This last combo dizzies almost every time when you are waking up, so be on your toes with your reversals or simply block. When he builds super, try to build yours and minimize risks. In no account should throw slow Hadoukens near him when he has full bar. Take note that his super will beat yours almost always, so be careful if using frame traps. If you can bait his super, jumping Fierce beats it after the invulnerability wears off. Your cr.Strong can beat his cr.Strong from the right range, and it will also stuff his standing Fierce. You can eat a cr.RH from that range, though.

Vs. Vega (claw):

  • 4 - 6

Round Start

Block, walk back, jump back, jump back and tatsu.

Main Strategy

There are two main strategies for fighting Claw: total rushdown (Gotoh, Futachan) or turtling (ShootingD).

Total rushdown will be trying to get close, use your normals on prediction to his so as to try and stuff his pokes (e.g., if both characters attack at the same time, Ryu's cr.RH will usually beat or trade with most his moves, but can lead to a 3-hit combo if he jumps or at least a slide or cr.Strong if it misses), and counter his wall dives by mixing up your many options. While he can hit you out of any attack but a Shoryuken with proper timing, he has no way of beating all options among Hadouken, let him land and Hadouken, Shoryuken, rush punch and Shoryuken, rush punch and crouching kicks, st.Short, towards diagonal RH, towards diagonal Strong, neutral Jab/Short/Strong, backwards diagonal RH/Fierce/Strong.

Learning to safe jump Claw is extremely important. That is your only chance, together with mixing up cross-up Tatsus, to try a comeback when he gets a life lead (which will happen many times). While Claw has control of both ground and air, he can get dizzied around 75% of the time if you score a 3-hit combo on his wake-up. Else, if he reversals, knock him down again to continue your offense. Know that you can not safe-jump Claw after a sweep, unless it hits really late. Don't try, or he will hit you with Scarlet Terror and initiate the infamous wall dive loop for free.

There is a distance where, if Claw jumps in, he can get swept for free. Naturally, he will rarely jump from that distance, which means you can try to throw occasional projectiles as he tries to advance or back off to re-position himself. Most his pokes are vulnerable at the height of his stomach, which is a region most Ryu's far and crouching normals can not reach. However, this means a Hadouken can hit him out of most his pokes, if it does not get stuffed. If he jumps in from close distance, you can react immediately with a Shoryuken, or use st.Short. From a slightly larger distance, st.Strong will hit most his jump-ins.

The main threat of being offensive against Claw is the chance of dying from a single knockdown. A series of ambiguous dives can make it hard to block and reverse, leading to other full knockdowns and further high damage. Your best bet, usually, is to try a Shoryuken and a Tatsu. Shoryukens will meaty and close to meaty dives, but get stuffed by cross-up dives with proper timing and trade with reversal Shoryukens from the front. Meaty dives will be beat by reversal tatsus, and beat them otherwise. The command →↓↘→+punches (piano) + kicks (piano) has a good chance of option-selecting between Shoryuken and Tatsu on ambiguous cross-ups. This is used by DGV, damdai and several top Japanese players. Else, you can try to hold all punches and use →↓↘→ + punches (piano release), to try an option select between Shoryuken and blocking. Depending on how he uses the Flying Barcelona Attack, it may cross you up sooner or later, or even not cross you up at all. Thus, alternative Shoryuken motions can be used to deal with each kind of dive attack, among →↓↘, →(↘)↓↙, or ←↓↙. Unfortunately, if you do get crossed up, you have no guarantee that the move will travel in the correct direction, even if you do get it to come out.

The power of the Flying Barcelona Attack is precisely the reason why another strategy is employed: total turtle. The Japanese player ShootingD is famous for this approach. Basically, you will walk back, crouch block and jump back into Tatsu, Strong, RH or nothing and get your back to the corner, so you can not be cross-up with wall dives. The only way to cross you up is by using super, Izuna Drop or by throwing you out of the corner first. Here, the Ryu player will rely on fast reflexes to punish Claw's jump-ins and rolling attacks (Rolling Crystal Flash), punish or evade wall dives, stuff or counter walk-up throws and block everything else. In between Claws pokes, he can throw seemingly random Hadoukens to deal damage and try to get a life lead, which will be exploited for more damage as Claw gets more reckless or predictable trying to equalize. If you score a knockdown, the plan is to either have him wake up on a Hadouken, unless you are losing. If you need the comeback, either safe jump or cross-up Tatsu, with occasional walk up and either use the overhead swing or fake it, in the hope he tries a flip kick.

The Flying Barcelona Attack can be dangerous even if you are expecting it, since it is very fast and you have no way of telling when it will hit, nor how high, nor where in the screen he will land. To make matters worse, the move is an inherent option-select, since it will become the Izuna Drop if it is activated close enough and you are vulnerable. Your options include st.Forward, st.Short, cl.Roundhouse, cl.Fierce, cr.Fierce, Shoryuken, diagonal jumping punches, neutral jumping Short (hits both sides), aerial Tatsu, having him land on a Hadouken, Shinkuu Hadouken, or simply crouch and let him fly over you, if that's the case.

In this match, Claw has the clear advantage, but with fast reflexes and good execution you can make it much harder for him to obtain damage from his offense. Ryu has the chance of killing Vega every time he knocks him down, and if the player is fast enough to SRK his jump-ins, his offensive options are quite limited in terms of damage.

Serious Disadvantage Match-ups

Vs. Dhalsim:

  • 3 - 7

Round Start

  • Wait and cr.Strong;
  • Small step and Jab SRK;
  • Block, small step and block.

Main Strategy

Dhalsim has lots of ways around your Hadoukens if he has room, so you need to constantly feint before using them, and use them sparingly anyway. Particularly, he can jump and drill from most distances to hit your extended limbs. While his far attacks have awesome reach and recovery, they have poor priority. Ryu can often punish whiffed normals with his own normals from just outside Dhalsim's reach. Dhalsim players will avoid poking from those distances, though, harassing you with standing kicks and Yoga Fires. Do not jump at him honestly: he has several normals that beat your aerial normals cleanly or hit you around the apex of your jump, before you decide to attack. If you predict a Yoga Fire or react to one from close range, use Roundhouse Tatsu for good damage and a full knockdown.

After full knockdowns, always use meaty jumps, else he will either punish or avoid your attacks with slides. His hitbox is relatively fat, so he is vulnerable to cross-ups, but remember you have to hit meaty, or he will slide below you, then use a hold or a throw afterward. Dhalsim also has bad reversals, so meaty attacks are interesting. Meaty cr.Forward into cr.Forward xx Hadouken will dizzy almost every time. If he ever uses Yoga Teleport to surprise you (odds are he will not, it just does not work unless you are about to block a slow projectile), cr.Strong x2 xx Hadouken should dizzy him most the time.

When he gets super and you are cornered, control your impulses. Predictable pokes, jumps or Hadoukens can be punished with his super.

Your main plan is to 1) constantly feint while throwing a few Hadoukens to get some damage, maybe a life lead, with some luck, 2) pay attention to his Yoga Fire pattern, as the knockdown after a Tatsu gives you the chance to win the round right there, 3) get full super so you are able to scare him, shutting down his constant poking, super on reaction to mid-screen Yoga Fire or Flame and super in between his pokes as he tries to push you back and 4) use Shoryuken, air Tatsus or diagonal Strong against his air game (these last two options demand acting early).

Vs. O. Sagat:

  • 3 - 7

Round Start

  • Strong/Fierce Hadouken (loses to standing Fierce, sort of beats doing nothing);
  • Short Tatsu (avoids low Tigers, loses to standing Fierce);
  • Step up cr.RH (against whiffed st.Fierce and straight jump RH);
  • wait a bit and Hadouken (if he whiffs anything);
  • wait, block, step up and block (most stable options).

Main Strategy

O.Sagat has even faster projectiles than O.Ryu, and the overall recovery is also faster. He will wear you down in a projectile war. In addition to it, his jump has a shorter arc, making it easy for him to hit extended arms after Hadoukens, while his low Tiger is much harder to hit (only by prediction). Thus, committing to throwing projectiles is more dangerous to Ryu than to Sagat. Sagat also has the longer reach of his Tiger Uppercut and cr.RH in relation to Ryu's Shoryuken and cr.RH. Ryu, on the other hand, has ways of avoiding projectiles with Jab Shoryuken, Short Tatsu, jump, jump and air Tatsu. In addition to it, he has his super move, which will force O.Sagat to be more careful with his Tigers.

Your plan is to fire projectiles as appropriate to gain meter while avoiding, blocking or nullifying his Tigers as safely as you can; use standing normals (st.Strong, st.Short) and Shoryukens if he jumps, and be on your toes if he ever tries a surprise Tiger Knee. If you score a knockdown, your most stable option is meaty Hadouken and then another Hadouken to push him back or a Short Tatsu to get closer and apply pressure (better with full bar). The idea of throwing as many projectiles while feinting is still valid, but as his Tigers recover so much quicker than your Hadoukens, he will be with the advantage when it comes to hitting the enemy out of his projectiles and punishing extended limbs. Try to obtain a full bar so he will hesitate and give you more room to advance and apply a Hadouken/cr.kick xx Hadouken pressure and eventually take him to the corner or force him to take risks such as Tiger Knee, Tiger Uppercut jump-ins and normals by prediction.

Sagat's extended limbs will mean that he will have time to recover if you use super against a low Tiger and he is neither cornered or on the other side of the screen. Keep that in mind before using super or reaction to a slower low Tiger midscreen just to see Sagat get away with less damage than you have accumulated to obtain full bar. Only the high Tiger will make him vulnerable to the full super anywhere in the screen.

Sagat has some trouble with cross-up Tatsus. However, his Tiger Uppercut does have good reach in the early stages. Do not try cross-up Tatsus that land close to him, but favor timings that will allow you to hover past him, hitting him from behind as he is already rising in the air. If you are one attack away from killing him, consider jumping in a way you could do a cross-up Tatsu, and simply using Roundhouse, hitting him just before crossing him up.

If you mess-up a jump so that O.Sagat is likely to Tiger Uppercut you, there is nothing that can avoid damage if he times his move right. It is no different than him jumping at you honestly. However, if he messes up and uses the move too early, know that you may trade or even beat the move cleanly with your aerial Fierce punch. In other words, it does not hurt to try. From close distance, consider a hovering air Tatsu, which sometimes evades his retaliation Tiger Uppercut, would he try to hit with the deep part of the move. Good Sagat players will simply use early st.Roundhouse to beat anything you try when jumping from closer range (similarly to your cl.Fierce, but with no proximity requirements), so do not consider this a reliable option, at all.

This can not be stressed enough: be on your toes, many tournament matches have ended with Ryu losing for having accepted (read "blocked") a single jump in that was either his only chance of a comeback or a sure kill if he reacted and used (Fierce) Shoryuken in time.

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