Chun Li Character Faq Version 1.01 Updated Feb. 25, 2009 Faq by Robert S. Evans [Surllio (at) hotmail (dot) com] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Contents 1: Intro 1.1: Terminology and Controls 1.2: Street Fighter IV Systems 2: The Basics 2.1: Basic Moves 2.2: Unique Moves 2.3: Special Moves 2.4: Super and Ultra 3: Gameplay 3.1: General Strategies 3.2: Combos 3.3: More In-Depth 3.3A: On The Ground 3.3B: Wake Up Game 3.3C: Anti-Air Game 4: Match-Ups 4.1: vs. Abel 4.2: vs. Akuma 4.3: vs. Balrog 4.4: vs. Blanka 4.5: vs. C. Viper 4.6: vs. Cammy 4.7: vs. Chun Li 4.8: vs. Dan 4.9: vs. Dhalsim 4.A: vs. E. Honda 4.B: vs. El Fuerte 4.C: vs. Fei Long 4.D: vs. Gen 4.E: vs. Gouken 4.F: vs. Guile 4.G: vs. Ken 4.H: vs. M. Bison 4.I: vs. Rose 4.J: vs. Rufus 4.K: vs. Ryu 4.L: vs. Sagat 4.M: vs. Sakura 4.N: vs. Seth 4.O: vs. Vega 4.P: vs. Zangief 5: Frame Data 6: Credits and Legal ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Version History ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1.00: Feb. 25 2009 - Faq Posted. 1.01: Feb. 27 2009 - Minor Tweeks and edits. Fixed some spellings, some double words, and reworded a few things. Went a little deeper into the strategy and tips section. Added where it should only be found at the bottom with legal. 1.10: Big update. Added more indepth strategies to the gameplay section. I also added the Zangief Match up to the Matchups section, though it is the only one there currently. All these sections are rather large. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. Intro ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Welcome to my Character Faq on Chun Li for Street Fighter IV. This is mostly based on the console version. This is also my first faq, though I've assisted on several in the past. Like all faqs, this is a living body of work. What is posted is not final. I will be updating it when I can. If you find a problem with my work, you can find my e-mail at the top of the faq. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1.1: Terminology and Controls ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fighting games have their own unquie dialog that can be spoken. There are two forms of this dialog that is spoken, but they mean roughly the same thing. This faq uses the # system. The # system. The # system (number) is the assigning of numbers to the directions of the pad/stick. If you were to look down at it, the numbers would look something like this: 7 8 9 4 5 6 1 2 3 So, if I were to say 236, I'm saying rotate in a quarter circle motion. This is assumed that 6 is forward and 4 is backwards. This is the first player perspective. Some moves require that you charge a direction for a second or two. This is called a charge. This will be represented by a (C) after the number input. A charge move will look like this: 4(C)6. That move is Charge back (4) then forward after the charge. A charge is usually about two seconds, though the time is actually a little over 1 and a half seconds. When you get the hang of charge moves, you learn the timing. Each attack has its own designation as well. LP = Light Punch (also called Weak Punch) MP = Medium Punch HP = Heavy Punch (also called Fierce Punch) LK = Light Kick (also called Weak Kick) MK = Medium Kick HK = Heavy Kick (also called Fierce Kick or Roundhouse) K = Any Kick P = Any Punch AP = All Punches AK = All Kicks So, 236+P now reads quarter circle forward and any punch button. This is also known as your basic fireball motion. Some basics to remember are: 66 = Forward Dash 44 = Back Dash 236 = Quarter Circle Forward (Fireball Forward) 214 = Quarter Circle Backward (Fireball Backward) 623 = Forward roll to down forward (Dragon Punch Forward) 421 = Backward roll to down back (Dragon Punch Backward) 41236 = Half Circle Forward 63214 = Half Circle Backward 28 = Down then Up These are the basics of understanding most fighting games. There are also terms that are needed to be known. Block: This the action of blocking an attack. Unless a move is unblockable it can be blocked. Holding 4 will block mid height and overhead attacks. This is referred to as a standing blocking. Holding 1 will block mid height and low attacks. This is a crouching block. Low attacks will always beat a a standing block. Overhead attacks will always beat a crouching block. Jumping. Pressing 7, 8, or 9 will cause a character to jump. 7 jumps back. 8 goes straight up. 9 goes forward. You can attack from a jump, and even throw with some characters. You cannot block while jumping. Jump moves are notated with a J. before the move. Jumping LP will look like J.LP. Quick Recovery: This allows you to get up faster from a knockdown. Input 2 on your pad or stick and any two attack buttons. This will cause you to get up much faster. Frames: This is the number of frames each move or action takes. Most games in a fighting game come down to a battle of frames. The game moves in frames per second, and each action takes X number of frames to start (known as startup frames), X number of frames to execute (known as active frames), and X number of frames to get the character back to a normal state (known as recovery frames). The less frames a move takes in each step, the more likely the move is to beat out another move. The more frames it takes, the more likely it is to be interrupted, or the longer you are vulnerable on miss. There are suppose to be 60 frames per second. Online lag and bad signals to TVs can hinder this. Wiff: A wiff is a miss. If you miss your move, you wiff. Most moves can be punished on wiff, though some are safe. It is important to learn which ones are which. Safe: Some moves are safe. These are moves that generally can not be as easily punished on wiff, and are not punishable on block. Close Range: Standing next to the opponent, no distance. Notated by C. before an attack. Close LP will look like C.LP. Crouching: Holding 2 (down) on a controler will cause a character to crouch. A character and block and and attack while in crouching state. While crouched all attacks are considered low and all blocks are considered low. Overhead attacks will break a crouching block. Crouching moves are notated with a Cr. before the attack. Crouching LP will be Cr.LP. Throws: Throws are moves that can be done by pressing either 4 or 6 and both LP and LK. Throw inputs will look like this: 4 or 6 LP+LK. Some throws can be done in air. Throws are incredibly quick, interrupt most moves, and often will help create space. Throws can be escaped by pressing LP and LK at the moment grab is being initiated. Spacing: Spacing is a fighting game term used to refer to distance. Each character has a distance at which they are most effective, and the goal is to keep you opponent at your ideal spacing. Characters that rush want in close, while characters who are defensive want to keep their distance. Fireballs and throws are good ways to manage spacing. Super Meter: The long bar broken into 4 sections at the bottom of the screen. This fills up with each move you do, the damage delt, and the damage taken. When a single section is full, you can do an EX move. When the whole bar is full, a Super Move can be preformed. Revenge Meter: The round bar next to the Super Meter. This meter only fills fills when you take damage. Once it reaches the halfway point, an Ultra Move can be preformed. Ultra Moves are like supers, but require all three of the attack button to perform. The meter can fill all the way up, but you only get one Ultra even if it is full. The more full the revenge bar, the more damage the Ultra move deals. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1.2: Street Figher IV Systems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Street Fighter IV has its own unqiue systems that it brings to the table. ~EX Moves~ Ex Moves are moves that are done by pressing two attack buttons instead of one to execute the move. It can be any two attacks, as the EX Move should be the same reguardless of which buttons are pressed. EX Moves has special properties over their normal Special Move counter parts. Often times it is more damage, extra hits, faster starter times, different movement properties, or any combination of what is listed. A good example would be Chun Li's Spinning Bird Kick (2(C)8+K). Her LK one has a 13 frame start up and 5 hits, her MK has 14 frame start up and 7 hits, and her HK one has 22 Frame start up and 9 hits. All version of the regular move forward upon launch. Her EX Spinning Bird Kick has only a 6 frame start up. While it only has 5 hits, the move is stationary, making it great for corner tactics, and on hit, the last one slings the opponent, creating space. Each EX move takes 1 EX bar (1/4 of the Super Meter.) ~Focus Attacks~ Focus Attacks are new the the Street Fighter Universe. These moves create a whole new level of strategy to the game. In this FAQ they will be notated by FA. A Focus Attack can be performed by pressing MP and MK at the same time. The longer you hold the attack, the properties of it change. All Focus Attacks have armor. What this means is that the first attack made against you while you are preforming a focus attack will do nothing. The second attack will still hit, provided the focus attack doesn't go off first. There are three levels of Focus Attacks. The higher the level, the more damage the attack deals. Level 1 is a quick little hit that forces the opponent backwards. Level 2 takes a little longer, but can be comboed upon hit. Level 3 takes the longest, is unblockable it not interrupted, and causes crumple stun. Level 3 cause crumple stun. This causes the opponent to fall slowly to the ground. While they are following, attacks can still land and the opponent can do nothing to block or avoid these. This leads the way to combos and setups. However, you only have the time frame which they are crumpling to hit them with anything. Ultra moves will always hit a crumpling opponent. If a Focus Attack absorbs a hit, there is a little bit of life lost, but you regain that life back over time, provide you are not hit. You revenge meter still fills up while doing focus attacks. ~Focus Canceling~ Some special and normal attacks can be "Focus Canceled" by pressing and holding the MP + MK buttons as a special or normal move connects. This can be used to combo a special attack into a Focus Attack with some characters. However, you can then take this one stage further by dashing forward or backward when holding the MP + MK buttons. Doing so costs two sections (50%) of your Super meter. Dash Canceling a Focus Attack has NO cost. (Focus Canceling was pulled from the Shoryuken Wiki) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2: The Basics ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2.1: Basic Moves LP: A fast little swat of her low hand. Great on Block or Hit, good for set up and poking. C.LP: Another fast poke but Chun Li needs to be standing really close to them to preform. She hits them with a solidly quick elbow. Cr.LP: A quick little straight hand given into the opponent. Pretty safe, goes into LK. J.LP: She jumps up and throws a quick little poke by throwing both hands out in both directions. Slow startup. 7 or 9J.LP: When angling a jump forward or back, she balls up her fist and comes down on the opponent. Faster then her normal jump LP. LK: A straight, weak kick to the mid section of the opponent. Fairly quick, generally pretty safe. C.LK: Chun Li light taps them with her back leg, crossing it behind her front for the hit. Faster than her normal LK. Cr.LK: A short, quick little sweep. Great for combos. Incredible priority. Awesome poke. J.LK: Throws a leg straight up. Quick start, long active. Good for catching jumpers who like their big moves. 7 or 9J.LK: A straight out kick while falling from the air. Fast start up time. MP: She drives a straight right into their gut. Long start up but short active time. C.MP: A two hit slapping action. She shows them who is boss. Faster start than her normal MP, but not nearly as safe on block. If the first hits, the second does as well. Cr.MP: She spins around on her knees and comes back with a hard chop to the knees. Overall slow move with negative frames on block. Not very good unless in a combo. J.MP: She brings in an open back hand while jumping straight up. Overall better than her J.LP as it is faster with better damage. 7 or 9J.MP: Closed fist back hand brought on while moving through the air. Relatively quick move. MK: She spins on her heel and hits them with the front of her boot. It hits high, and doesn't always connect against a standing opponent. Will catch them in jump though. Fairly quick, good on hit, not as much on block. C.MK: A three hit kick with decent damage and great stun. If blocked can be punished it can be punished from its somewhat lengthy recovery time. J.MK: Same a J.LK, but with a different leg. One frame longer start up, but one less active frame. Better damage and stun with good hit stun. 7 or 9J.MK: A soaring straight kick from her strong leg. Great damage, still in the quick range. HP: Lunges forward and rams a fist into their midsection. Slow but powerful. If blocked dash back to try to get away. C.HP: She takes both hands and gives a violent little midsection push. Quick move but it doesn't do well if blocked, leaving you open for too long. Cr.HP: She takes both hands and delivers two hits to her opponent. Both hits are fairly quick, though the start up time is a little slow. Good for a follow up hit. Not to bad on block, but not great. J.HP: While in the air she spins with her hands held out chopping at what gets in her path. Counts as 2 hits. Pretty quick, overall a good move. 7 or 9J.HP: She brings the pain with a hard fisted hit down into her opponent for good damage. Decent start up, long active. Good move if you can find the chance to jump in. HK: A slow, powerful roundhouse. On block its bad, but its good for catching an opponent off guard. Don't use often. C.HK: Brings her knee to their chin in a pretty fast move. Not as fast as her weaker kicks, but still better than her regular standing HK. Not too bad on block. Cr.HK: Lifting herself up with her hands, she rams both of her feet into the knees and ankles of her opponents. Causes knock down so good for finishing a string of moves or getting an opponent off guard. A little slow but not all that bad. Its range is quite impressive. J.HK: Does the splits in the air. Fairly quick with a long active time. 7 or 9J.HK: Brings down her heel hard into the opponent. Good damage and an overall rather quick move. Faster than her MK version. Can lead to good combos on hit. Probably one of the best jump in attacks in the game. 6+LP+LK: Standard forward throw. Grabs them, trips them, throws them to the ground. 4+LP+LK: The back throw. Pops them in the chin, rolls around behind them to give them a friendly elbow in the back, before bringing her leg up to smack them hard in the back of the head. Creates space. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2.2: Unique Moves ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wall Jump: When jumping back towards a wall, 9 will cause her to put her foot on the wall and spring foward. Great for cross ups, but be careful with it. Try to catch them doing a move so that you can capitalize. Air Throw: Not every character has an Air Throw. Chun Li does. In the air, near the opponent, hit LP+LK to throw them back to the ground. Yosokyaku: 2+MK in the air. Also known as her foot stomp. Can be performed three times in sequence. Good follow up for air hits if you land first to get the second jump off. Also a good overhead for getting crouchers if done properly. Kakukyakuraku: 3+HK. Great crossup move if you're stuck in crouch block. When an opening comes, input the move. She flips over them and brings a hard straight kick while coming down. You can be hit during this, so be careful. Rear Spin Kick: 3+LK. Cute little move were you can take someone who is in rush mode and back them off for a second. She does a small flip in place, and if they are close enough, she connects with a light hit. Again, good for rush players. Kakusenshu: 6+MK. Does a spinning straight kick. Long start up but not too horrible on block. Decent damage and good stun. Kintekishu: 4+MK. Alright move, but what it leads to is better than it is. Overall a slow starting kick and medium damage. On block its not safe, but on hit it leads to.... Tenkukyaku: During Kintekishu, MK. The follow up to Kintekishu. Still not a wonderful choice, but its a follow up and comes in pretty quick if the firsthits. But this leads to... Tenshyokyaku: During Tenkukyaku, 28+MK. If Tenkukyaku hits, then you follow up with this. Chun Li launches them into the air and follows up with four to five spinning kicks that knock the opponent away and down. The full set does great damage, but it is relying on hit to be good. Target Combo: During an Angled Jump (7 or 9), HP,HP. You have to hit these fast, but what you get is a two hit wonder that actually lets you fall faster if done right. If you time it right, can be followed by three foot stomps (2+MK in air) if you get the second jump off. Not something to try if they are standing, but it can pay off. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2.3 Special Moves ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A note here. If the move can be triggered as an EX move, it will have an (EX) after the input command. If it has Armor break properties, it will have an (AB) after the (EX). Same for the next section on Supers and Ultras. Hyakuretsukyaku: K rapidly. (EX) Also known as Lightning Kicks. Chun Li creates a wall with her feet. If activated on the opponent, it hits multiple times, pushing them back. If activated away, will cause a charging opponent to stop. You can be fireballed while you are in this move. All three versions are generally safe, though the MK and HK are a few frames slower on start up. You can generally get 3 to 4 hits with these before the opponent is pushed out of range. Kikoken: 4(C)6+P (EX) Chun Li's Version of a fireball. The weaker the version, the farther it goes, but the stronger the version, the faster it moves and the bigger it is. The fact this is a charge move hurts it a bit as you can't get into fireball battles. However, its good for provoking an opponent to jump or jump in. This is mostly a set up or follow up move. Hazanshu: 63214+K (EX) This move is actually really good. A carry over from 3rd Strike. She flips, closes distance, and hits with an overhead. The start up for the move is slow in all versions, but the move itself in incredibly fast with just 2 active frames. Mostly safe on block. However, each version has a different range, so it is good to understand them so you don't use the wrong one. Overshooting an opponent is a bad thing. Great for dealing with crouchers and surprise tactics. Spinning Bird Kick: 2(C)8+K (EX)(AB) A signiture move. Chun Li uses her incredible leg strength to turn herself upside down and spin. All versions move forward execpt the EX ones. This breaks armor as well. Used alone it is punishable, however, being that its a charge move, you can bring it out in a combo. It has a long lead in most of the time, but offers plenty of hits. She generally lands a bit away from them but that doesn't alway mean she is safe. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2.4: Super and Ultra Moves. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Super Combo: Senretsukyaku: 4(C)646+K Jumping in, she does an hard back straight kick, followed by a barrage of kicks into the opponent, followed by another hard back straight. Does 8 hits in total for pretty good damage. What makes her super good is that fact that you can charge it. This means from a combo where you crouch you can unleash it for even more damage and a great finish. Like most supers, its got almost no start up at all, but she does have to lunge into them. Ultra Combo: Hosenka: 4(C)646+AK (AB) Its a beautiful thing when this baby hits. Its damage is based entirely on your Revenge Gauge. A flurry of kicks, before she knocks them up, then kicks them one final time before decending downwards with a twirl. Just like her Senretsukyaku, its charged so you can use it to finish out combos if you are charging during moves. Do not attempt this move without hitting first or unless you are certain you will hit, as her jump in has a 6 frame leadin. Other characters with faster supers or ultras CAN interrupt it. The Ultra may have a slow start up for an ultra, but the initial rush in can pass through fireballs. It can even pass through Ryu's Ultra. However, it cannot pass though Dhalsim's Ultra. It CAN but it depends on where you are when you start your ultra. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. Gameplay ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chun Li is an interesting character and always has been. I've been playing her since the days of Street Fighter II and have yet to master her. To watch her played well is a thing of beauty. She has the tools needed to deal with most every character, but often times she is lacking something. This doesn't mean she is a bad character. Quite the opposite, she is a very good character in the hands of a skilled player. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.1: General Strategies and Tips ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chun Li is mostly a defensive character. A character who utilizes timing and windows of opportunity to bring her opponents down. She is a fearful fighter when she is crouching as every one of her moves and most of her combos can be started from her cross legged, arms out crouch. Pokes. Pokes are great. MP, Cr.MP, Cr.MK are all great pokes. MP is the most universal of them all, giving good range, decent speed, and wonderful priority. Chun Li has the advantage of having a long range and insanely good poke game. Her range with them means that she can keep them where she wants them to be. Cr.LK -> Cr.LK -> Cr.LK -> EX Hyakuretsukyaku. This is your staple. Learn it above all else. Cr.HK and C.HK are wonderful, powerful moves to follow up with. Throwing them out wildly though will get you punished. Your special moves are mostly for set up. LP Kikoken can be used to walk behind, giving you ample options. Hazanshu is a great distance closer and a powerful surprise tactic. Hyakuretsukyaku (lightning legs) is good for pushing and keeping people back. Spinning Bird Kick is too slow to be used on its own, but it is great when used in combos. EX Hyakuretsukyaku (Lightning Legs) are your best friend. For general play, your best weapons are your MKs. Most of them are fast and safe on block. Her HKs are good, but it should not be used heavily. Most of the time it is too slow to do well against faster characters. Use her LKs and LPs for set ups. They may be weak, but focusing on just the heavies for damage will get you into more trouble than they are worth most of the time. Know your weaknesses and strengths. Chun Li's Strengths are a deep mix-up game and high priority normals. She has good range with her pokes and a tools for everything. Know them and know them well. Her weaknesses are a severe lack of an anti-air game, low vitality meaning she loses life quickly, and she is extremely vulnerable to certain attacks. Know you counters to these and try to keep the opponent away from them. Remember that you must know your zones. Learn your ranges, learn how far each move travels in comparision to another. You cannot do well if you over shoot or find yourself outside of you favorable range. While Chun Li excells in the air, she isn't perfect there. Her jump is a a little on the floaty side, making it to where you have to know your jump a little better than your opponent. You also have a problem with the fact that you have very little anti-air yourself. Don't underestimate your air throw, but be careful against characters with one too. Her Standing HK is good, but not perfect. J.HK is beautiful. 3+LK is nice, causing knockdown on counter. Chun Li can fight up close, but that isn't her best area. Just at the edge of her kick range is her optimal range. From there you can find a way to get in. If you stick close, most other characters are going to eat you alive. It is important to remember you want them to come to you. Fireballers can be tricky, but the goal is to bait them. Fireball characters like Ken, Ryu, and Sagat want you to jump in. While you have a lot of great weapons on jump, it isn't safe. Especially against them. The trick is to make them think you are jumping in. Land at you optimal range, then keep with the straight up jumps or back jumps. If you jump in when they want you to, you will be punished. Jump the fireball and give them a quick peck with a low MK. Try to force them to uppercut early where you can capitalize with your air manuvers. Crouching characters are fun to play against as you have plenty of weapons to deal with them. Don't get greedy though. Your Hazanshu (63214+k) is good for catching a croucher unaware because of its speed. Also, your wonderful Kakukyakuraku (3+HK) is good for crossing them up and throwing off their back charge. The rule of thumb is that if you can, get them in the air. While some other characters like Cammy you don't want to do this with, most of the time you are better than them in the air. Do not rely on your specials. Your normals and Uniques are good enough for just about anything. Specials and Supers should be used in Combos. Only if you are certain of a hit do you use a Super or Ultra. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.2: Combos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I must give thanks here to the people at Shoryuken. These combos are provided by their forums (especially Azrael who posted most of these) and their Wiki. If I have these incorrect (as I'm having to convert them to the language of this FAQ) then please let me know. Combos that need more than one line will be tabed over on the second line. ~Bread And Butter Combos: Cr.LK -> Cr.LK -> Cr.LK -> EX Hyakuretsukyaku ~Links Cr.LP -> Cr.LP, Cr.LK, Cr.MK, C.MP, LP, HP (only against certain characters), C.HP, C.HK [end] Cr.LK -> Cr.LP, Cr.LK [end] Cr.MK -> Cr.LP, Cr.LK [end] HP Kikouken -> Cr.HK [end] HK Hasanshu -> Cr.LP, Cr.LK (only on counter), EX Hyakuretsukyaku (only on counter hit) [end] LK Hyakuretsukyaku -> Cr.LP, LP (only on standing opponents) [end] Cr.MK -> Cr.MK, MP, C.HP (only on counter hit), C.HK (only on counter) [end] HP -> MP, Cr.HK (only on counter) ~Combos Using Links Cr.LK -> Cr.LP -> Cr.MK -> HP Kikouken Cr.LK -> Cr.LP -> C.LP -> LP -> HP (only against standing opponents) C.HK -> LK Hyakuretsukyaku -> LP -> HP (only against standing opponents) HK Hasanshu -> Cr.LP/Cr.LK -> EX Hyakuretsukyaku (only if hasanshu hits) FA Crumple Stun -> Forward Dash -> LK Hyakuretsukyaku -> Cr.LP -> Cr.MK -> EX Hyakuretsukyaku ~Combos That Don't Use Meter J.HP, HP (2 hit, airborne opponent) -> Land -> Head Stomp x 3 ~Combos With Super or Ultra TenshoKyaku Target Combo -> Super or Ultra (usually only done in the corner). (Super or ultra should be activated as they about get to her head) J.HP, HP -> Super or Ultra (works on both grounded or airborne opponents) EX Hyakuretsukyaku -> Ultra (Charge while in EX Legs animation, as soon as the EX Legs finishes, do ultra) Hasanshu -> Super (no cancel) Jump-in Attack -> Cr.HP (1st hit only) -> MK Spinning Bird Kick -> Super Jump-in Attack -> Cr.HP (both hits) -> Super (no cancel) Jump-in Attack -> Cr.LK -> Cr.LP -> Cr.LP -> Super (no cancel) Jump-in Attack -> Cr.MK -> Super (no cancel) Jump-in Attack -> Cr.MK / C.HK -> LK Hyakuretsukyaku -> Super (no cancel) Jump-in Attack -> Cr.HP (1st hit only) / C.HP / C.HK -> EX Kikouken xx FA(Dash cancel forward)-> 4+MK -> MK -> 28+MK -> Ultra ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.3: More In-Depth ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What follows are some of the things needed for deeper play. Stuff one needs to understand and must learn to execute. These are strategies, things to play with in match ups. Stuff to make second nature. No strategy is sound, as winning comes up to your ability to anticipate, react, and execute what you read and learn. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.3A: On The Ground ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When both you and your opponent are on the ground is where Chun Li excells. With one of the best poking games, an easy and good Bread and Butter Combo, as well as her assortment of combos and trick tactics, she is a force to be feared in the right hands. Your poke game is your strongest asset. Never forget that. Standing MP is what is usually her best poke. It has great range, hits mid, and can be canceled into Hazanshu (63214+K) or Kikoken (1(C)6+P). Standing HK is a good one too. It has phenominal range. It can keep characters like Zangief and Abel, who rely on getting close at bay. It can also pick people out of the air at the start of their jump if you can predict it. Her other pokes include standing HP, and of course, her Cr.HK. Her sweep covers a great deal of area, and while slow, causes knockdown. However, all of these can be Focus Attacked. But, if you can deal with them if you find that your opponent is Focus Attack happy. Your options include: -Dashing EX Hyakuretsukyaku. This comes out and hits fast. It also scores a knockdown for you to go into wake up game. -Standing MP is a great option as it can be canceled as I stated above. This means that even if they absorb, you have a follow up on the way. -Throwing always beats a FA. -If you are charging with the meter for it, Ultra. -If you are close enough, you could always Cr.HP. It has two hits, and on FAs the second is a counter. Be wary of Hazanshu to close distance. As good as it is, it also is bait for a Focus Attack. Never forget that your Bread And Butter combo starts off with her Cr.LK. The fact that her Cr.LK has a good range and is very fast means you should take every single opportunity to utilize it, but remember not to get careless. FADC is a powerful tool. Focus Attack Dash Cancel forward closes distance, will eat a poke, and allows you plenty to follow up with. FADC backwards if you need to get away. A very viable tactic to use against certain characters is whats called a walk behind Kikoken. Chun Li's LP Kikoken (1(c)6+LP) is incredibly slow, but has a long travel distance. If you throw it, you can walk in right behind it as you actually move faster than the fireball. You don't want to over step it though as being behind it gives you a tactical advantage. Walking behind the Kikoken forces actions by the opponent. You are closing the gap between the two of you, with an attack already in front of you. You are also limiting their options and forcing them to play into you. This is not a wise idea against some characters, but most of them are being forced into a situation that you are controlling. Their reaction is what determines your response. If they block normal, go in with Cr.LK to start your combos. Or any Cr. move for that matter. If they block low, Hazanshu should hit provided you haven't stepped too far. If they jump, you have your odd but useful Anti-Air options. If they take it, you combo into it. If they FA it, you have plenty of options as you are close enough to poke them out of the attack. If they FADC into you, you still have the poke advantage, but you have to be a little faster to get it off. No matter what, it is a generally safe option. Forcing someone to do what they weren't anticipating to do is always playing the game into your hands. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.3B: Wake-Up Game ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Of course, what I'm referring to when I say wake up game is what to do when you knock an opponent down. Chun Li has one of the most fun wake up game assortments. Her options include: -Cr.LK -Throw -Hazanshu -J with 2+MK -Do Nothing -Focus Attacks All these are viable options. Especially the Do Nothing. The key to thing to remember about fighting games in general is it all comes to mind games. If you can get into the opponent's mind, you can control the match. Nothing works better at this than doing a few things on wake up followed by doing absolutely nothing on the next knock down. Throwing on wake up is always fun too. Its quick, generally can beat out whatever it is that the opponent is doing. Cr.LK leads to a lot of combos. Its fast and has high priority. Hazanshu is just one of her overall better special moves. Its use on wake up is great because its an overhead. Given that you are at a distance, most of the opponents will attempt to either duck block on get up or see what it is you are doing. Hazanshu is incredibly fast after it starts, meaning unless they predict it, they have little time to actually react to it. Jumping in with 2+MK for a foot stomp is a wonderful tactic as well. Its fun to do and leads to great cross ups. With certain characters you have to be very careful. Anyone with an uppercut who sees it coming, if fast enough, can make you regret the decision. Never forget the beauty of a well timed Focus Attack on wake up. The key to a good wake up game is NEVER get predictable. Chun Li has enough of a wake up game that she becomes difficult to predict unless you, the player makes her predictable. Mix up what you do, but don't be afraid to do that same thing twice in a row. Never be reliant on one over the other. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.3C: Anti-Air Game ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Anti-Air is what a character can do to defend against those who love to jump in and attempt to start combos or big moves. The problem is that Chun Li has not dedicated Anti-Air options. She has moves that she can use, but they are very situation specific. This gives her a wide range of options, all of which are viable only if the situation calls for it. One of your best options for anti-air is an EX Spinning Bird Kick. It comes out faster than its normal SBKs, and has higher priority. It also does great damage and, depending on where you are, can create space if the match up calls for it. However, it suffers two major flaws. The first of which is if the Jump in attack is a deep on, where they are actually going to go over you rather than on top of you. If the opponent is going for the cross up, EX SBK will likely be late, or give them time to get in the block. A blocked/wiffed EX SBK is dangerous and you will take damage as a result. The second is anything that comes down at a sharp angle. You WILL lose this. Akuma's dive kick, El Fuerte's Elbow, Vega's Jumping HP, Balrog's Jumping HP, and Rufus's Dive kick are good examples of this. Also, C.Viper's Burning heel will beat you out more often than not, so include that there too. You have other options as well. Her standard J.HK is good for its range. If you can get off the ground fast enough, they will eat boot. Never forget that you do have an air throw. Like all throws, it has crazy priority and is very reliable. If you know the jump is coming, try to meet them in the air. Rear Spin Kick (3+LK) is good if they are coming in right on top of you. MK from range is nice if they jump in from a distance. This is more for when they think they are playing mind games. Seeing that Chun Li isn't charging is going to make them get careless. This is a mistake you can capitalize on with a basic standing MK. Will pull them right out of the air. Standing HP is a beautiful one. If you get the far one, it will catch them from afar. If they are coming down on top of you, the close one is the double palm that does great. Against Balrog, these are good tools. Cr.HP. Making Chun Li have a smaller hit box is a good tactic, and the fact that the first hit of this has an upward angle makes it a very viable option if the situation calls for it. The key thing to remember is that all of Chun Li's options are specific to who you are playing against and what they are doing. This is why her Anti-Air game is a mixed bag. It has options, but they are far to specific. Your best best is to just know your match ups and work from there. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4. Matchups ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chun Li has to play each character differently based on that character's given strengths and weaknesses. Some of them she will have an easier time with than others. What follows is a break down of her match ups via each character. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4.P: Vs. Zangief ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The match up against Zangief is not an easy one. He is a hard player to fight against because of his abilities, his vitality, and the fact that you can't stay in close for too long. Its an uphill battle, and the odds are generally against you, but you have the tools to win this on. The key to this match up is distance. You have to keep him away, keep the spacing proper, and utilize it as best as you can. Standing HK is probably your strongest tool here. It forces him back and keeps him well at bay. It can also hit him through the final hits of his Lariat. If he starts to get in close, switch to standing MP, but be very careful. At mid range he becomes more of a threat so the idea is to back him up. If you are jumping straight up, you can almost always punish him with a HK from the air. Especially if he is trying to jump. This is safer than standing MP because he can buffer his spinning pile driver through your poke. Always be watchful of his Brandishing Flat, or the green backfist as it is known. On block its punishable, but do not get greedy. That last thing you need is to eat a Spinning Pile Driver because you tried to get more than a hit or two in. Hazanshu (63214+k) is good here to get around his low pokes, but spacing is everything. Remember, I told you to learn your ranges. This is where that pays off. You want only the edge of the heel to hit. Zoning is everything, and overshooting your intended range will get you eaten alive. If you happen to get in close, throw and get the hell out. You can throw through the EX Brandishing Flat, but that is risky. Its safer to block it. If Gief is on the ground, then you might beable to throw him for a loop by dashing in. Don't try to exploit this, as the player will adapt. However, it is a wonderful mind game to just dash in and throw. Gief players are far too use to their opponents running away, and you dashing in might confuse them for a little bit. Just keep it in mind. You will need to be highly defensive in this match up as well. Gief has you a little out ranged here, but you have the speed advantage. If you block him, you can punish him on most occassions. If you have revenge meter and her wiffs Lariat, punish him with a ultra. Keep in mind that his sweeps have a HUGE recovery time. Use this time to get in a counter sweep. This opens up wake up game, but again, do not get too careless. If he manages to knock you down and gets in, back dash on wake up. It is your only truly safe bet here as he is likely buffering for a Pile Driver. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5. Frame Data ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Posting Frame Data is a lot of writing. However, I can give you a link to the place where I gather all of my data on Chun Li's frames. From what I can tell there are no errors in the Data. For all of her frame data, go to ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6. Credits and Legal ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thanks to Everyone at for their forums and Wiki. Most of the information here has been gathered from those sources. Also for having a wonderful site. A special thanks to Azrael of the ShoRyuKen Forums for posting the combo listings. It took some rewriting but I am certain I got them correct for the language of the faq. If the forums weren't acting up I would have asked for permission sooner. Thanks to Capcom for continuing to make wonderful fighting games and for not abandoning the Street Fighter franchise for VS. games. Thanks to GameFaqs for having an awesome site. Thanks to Randy and Regis, my friends who were also my test dummies for practice. Its ok, I'm the same for them. This may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. This FAQ should only be found on the following sites: Copyright 2009 Robert S. Evans