Street Fighter 6/Offense

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Normal Moves

Street Fighter 6 uses the standard 6-button layout the series is known for: Light/Medium/Heavy for attack strength and Punch/Kick for attack type.

There is no "priority system" for normal attacks like the one found in SF5 or SF3. Any two attacks that collide on the same frame will both count as a counterhit. This can create trade combos if a high-hitstun move trades with a low-hitstun move.

Unlike in previous entries, strikes beat throws when they connect on the same frame. This means that a defensive 4f normal is a strong option against tick throws from +1 advantage or worse.

There are very few normal attacks with frame advantage in SF6. Light normals can still frame trap the opponent by chaining them together, but they will no longer create true blockstrings, so opponents can counter with invincible reversals or parry. An opponent mashing their own fast light normal will beat most blockstrings other than chained light normals.

Special Moves

Inputting a specific directional command before pressing an attack button results in a special move. Most special moves have different properties depending on which button strength is used, such as Ryu's Hadoken traveling faster or slower, but some moves do not vary between strengths. By inputting the move with 2 buttons, special moves can be powered up into Overdrive (OD) moves at the cost of 2 stocks of Drive gauge. Overdrive moves have improved properties, such as invincibility, multiple hits, better juggle potential, or simply more damage.


You can throw the opponent by pressing LP+LK at close range, or 4+LP+LK to throw them backwards for a side switch. Throws are universally 5f startup and 3f active, with a total whiff animation of 30f. Some characters also have an Air Throw that makes for an effective air-to-air, and a few characters have unique directional throws, like Dhalsim's crouching throw.

Each throw is different in terms of knockdown frame advantage and separation distance; many forward throws allow for "Throw Loops" in the corner where the character lands a throw, then walks or dashes up to the opponent with frame advantage, creating another throw mixup. This is generally impossible midscreen if the opponent Back Rises, but Drive Rush allows many characters to force a strike/throw mixup even midscreen at the cost of Drive meter.

When used as a Punish Counter, throws gain 70% extra damage, become a Hard Knockdown preventing Back Rise, and drain 1 bar of Drive Gauge from the opponent. This is particularly notable against Drive Parry, which are in a Punish Counter state when thrown.

Most throws have identical range, but a few characters can throw from farther away:

  • 1.02: Zangief
  • 0.90: Blanka, E. Honda, Marisa
  • 0.80: Everyone Else

Regular throws only work on the ground, and will not connect against opponents that are jumping (including pre-jump frames) or using a move with airborne frames. Opponents are also throw invincible during backdashes for the first 15 frames, and some specific attacks can have their own throw invincibility. You cannot throw an opponent if they are in hitstun, blockstun, or knocked down. If a throw and a strike connect on the same frame, the strike will take priority (unlike in previous Street Fighter titles).

Note: it is possible to combo into a throw during a Drive Impact crumple state, after a Stun, or after some specific wall splats like Zangief Punish Counter 3HK or Jamie Punish Counter 214PP.

Throw Escapes

You can escape (or "tech") a throw by pressing LP+LK as the opponent's throw connects. Throw techs causes you to push the opponent away, preventing any damage and returning both players to neutral. Only regular throws can be teched; command grabs and air throws cannot. You can input a throw tech until the 9th frame after a throw connects. The large pushback makes a successful throw tech rewarding when cornered, creating enough separation to begin working your way back to midscreen.

The downside to attempting a throw escape is the long whiff animation if the opponent baits it. This opens you up to a massive punish combo, usually leading to the same corner mixup once again. It's important to consider the risk and reward when deciding whether to tech the throw, which will vary according to screen position, remaining health and meter, and the opponent's offensive tendencies.

Throw Invincibility
  • Opponents cannot be thrown during pre-jump frames, or while airborne (except for Air Throws).
  • Opponents cannot be thrown while knocked down. There is 1 frames of throw invincibility after wakeup, so inputting a throw at +5 on a downed opponent can connect.
  • Opponents cannot be thrown while in hitstun/blockstun. There are 2 frames of throw invulnerability after exiting hitstun/blockstun, so inputting a throw at +4 can lead to a successful tick throw.

Throw Loop

A term coined by the community to describe throws that provide enough frame advantage that you can attempt a second meaty throw on the opponent's wakeup. This throw would counterhit the opponent if they attempted a non-invulnerable attack, forcing them into the throw knockdown once again, hence the term "throw loop".

Throw loops typically only work in the corner, as a midscreen opponent can easily Back Rise too far to remain in throw distance. The exception to this is when a throw lands as a Punish Counter, giving a Hard Knockdown that cannot be Back Risen. This can reasonably occur if you throw an opponent's attempt to use Drive Parry on wakeup.

Since every character's throw is different in terms of frame advantage and the distance it leaves the opponent at, there are many variations of how characters may (or may not) throw loop:

  • The majority of throw loops can be done without meter, but a few characters' throws (like Zangief) may require the use of a Drive Rush in order to make it a proper, unmashable loop. Guile can throw loop with Drive Rush, but since he doesn't have enough time to block a DP during the Drive Rush startup, it's a guaranteed reversal opportunity in most cases.
  • Chun-Li and E. Honda both lack any kind of throw loop, with or without Drive Rush and corner. Chun-Li is only able to meaty a throw off a throw if she back throws someone into the corner (which isn't loopable), and Honda cannot do any kind of meaty throw off of his throws whatsoever.
  • Though there isn't a character that can genuinely throw loop midscreen against a Back Rise, a decent portion of the cast (Ken, Ryu, Luke, Cammy, etc.) is able to get a meaty off of their throw with Drive Rush that can then lead to a tick throw setup, technically "looping" throw pressure once more (though unlike a meaty throw, this is notably susceptible to Perfect Parry).

Throw loops are a powerful offensive ability and are a core part of some characters' strike/throw offense. If your character lacks a throw loop, then your throws are weaker in general as they lead to less potent follow-up pressure.



A Counterhit (CH) occurs when you strike your opponent during their startup or active frames. Attacks that trade with each other both land as a counterhit. A yellow "Counter Hit" icon appears on either the P1 or P2 side of the screen, depending on who landed the hit. Counterhits add +2 to the frame advantage of the move, and deal an additional 20% damage. Counterhits that cause a knockdown usually do not gain any extra knockdown frame advantage, except on Sweeps where they generally give the same advantage as Punish Counters.

Punish Counters

A Punish Counter (PC) occurs when you strike your opponent during their recovery frames. When this occurs, it will display "Punish Counter" on the side of the screen. Punish Counters add +4 to the frame advantage of the move, deal 20% more damage, and depletes some of the opponent's Drive meter. Specific moves, often heavy normals, can gain extra properties when connecting as a Punish Counter, such as extra frame advantage, crumples, tumbling knockdowns, or spinning air juggles. Sweeps (2HK) gain extra knockdown advantage, making it much easier to pressure afterward. This system causes the optimal punish route to vary significantly from the standard confirm combo route for most characters, and makes "barely punishable" moves vulnerable to much larger punishes than in previous Street Fighter titles.

All normal Throws (including Air Throws) can land as a Punish Counter, gaining a 70% damage boost, Hard Knockdown status, and draining an entire Drive bar from the opponent. Throws will always land as a Punish Counter against Drive Parry. Super Arts can technically hit as a Counterhit or Punish Counter, but do not gain any additional damage, Drive depletion, or knockdown advantage.

Corner Dizzy

As mentioned in the Burnout section, you can get a free stun combo after landing a Drive Impact on a cornered opponent in Burnout. While the opponent appears to stumble out of the corner, you can always jump forward and safely use your strongest air normal without fear of whiffing or crossing up. If you wait too long, the opponent will fall to the ground, where they can no longer be punished.

Some characters can take advantage of the dizzy time to stock up on certain effects that are normally unsafe to use freely:

  • Ryu: Can stock Denjin charge, then j.HP or j.HK
  • Kimberly: Can reload a Spraycan, then j.HK (or throw the spraycan to set up a mid-combo juggle)
  • Jamie: Can get 1 Drink, then j.HP; 2 Drinks can be followed by a grounded combo, but no jumpin
    • Can also get all 4 Drinks to reach max level, but sacrifices the punish entirely
  • Juri: Can jump back, whiff 1 LK Fuha Store, then j.HK; whiffing 2 LK Fuha Stores allows a 6HP into grounded combo
    • Backdashing also works, but Juri may be left too close and the Fuha Store can hit the opponent
    • If Juri landed the Drive Impact from far enough outside the corner, she may be able to whiff 2 Fuha Stores immediately, then j.HK

Combos and Blockstrings

Linking, chaining, or canceling attacks together so that they connect before the opponent recovers from hitstun will create a combo. If the opponent is blocking, this is instead known as a blockstring ("true" or "airtight" blockstring may be used to specify that there is no gap for the opponent interrupt). Like in SFV, there is an input buffer that makes it easier to time button sequences without requiring precise timing. This buffer is 4 frames, meaning that the most difficult links have a 5 frame input window.

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