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Street Fighter Alpha Cheats, Codes & Guides

Street Fighter Alpha Cheats

  • To fight Dan

    Start a one player game and make sure you don't lose a match.Hold Up, L2 and R2 together as the winning words appear and thenrelease.On winning your fifth match, you will fight Dan in place of the character that was supposed to have been your sixth opponent.After the match against Dan, the game will continue as normal.
    Submitted by None
  • To fight Akuma-

    Start a one player game and get to the last fight without losing.Win every match in two rounds without a lost round.If you win a total of ten rounds with Super Combo finishes,Akuma will appear in place of the final boss which you should have fought.
    Submitted by None
  • Selecting Dan

    During the character select screen, highlight the question mark(random character hold down L2 or R2 and press Triangle, Square,Cross, Circle and Triangle to pick the hidden character Dan.To get a different colour outfit for Dan, hold L2 or R2 whenpositioned over the question mark at the character select screena nd then press Triangle, Circte, Cross, Square and Triangle
    Submitted by None
  • To use Akuma

    Go to character select menu and put cursor on random and hold L2 and press left left left down down down square, triangle.
    Submitted by Chad Boyd
  • To be M. Bison

    Go to character select, put cursor on random, hold L2, press left, left, down, down, left, down, down, square, triangle.
    Submitted by Chad Boyd

Street Fighter Alpha Hints

  • FAQ

    **************************************
    STREET FIGHTER ALPHA
    Frequently Asked Questions ver 2.0
    **************************************

    Current 2.0 version by Allen Kim (ak10@cornell.edu)
    Version 1.5 by Dan Wells 7/24/95
    Original 1.0 version by Tom Cannon

    Please send any corrections or comments to

    ak10@cornell.edu

    -------------------------------------------------

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1) INTRODUCTION
    1.1) Author's Preface, Version 2.0
    1.2) Introduction to SFA
    1.3) What's New In This Revision?
    1.4) Where to Get SFA Resources
    1.5) Is Alpha Still Beta-Testing Or What?
    1.6) Legend and Abbreviations
    2) GAME ENGINE SPECIFICS
    2.1) SFA ROM Options
    2.2) The Old and the New
    2.3) Proximity Blocking
    2.4) Auto-Blocking
    2.5) Chain Combos
    2.6) The New Super Combo System
    2.6.1) Using Super Combos
    2.6.2) Super Combos and the Animation Pause
    2.7) Alpha Counters
    2.7.1) Practicing Alpha Counters
    2.7.2) How to Avoid Getting Alpha Countered
    2.8) Air Blocking
    2.9) Rolling on the Ground
    2.10) Overhead Hits
    2.11) Throws, Throw Softening (Tech), and Ticks
    2.12) Jump-ins, Neck Kicks, and Meaty Attacks
    2.13) Wake-up Dragon Punches
    2.14) Taunts
    2.15) Choose Your Own Winning Quote
    3) Moves and Strategies Specific to Each Character
    3.0) Conventions Used
    3.1) RYU
    3.2) KEN
    3.3) SAGAT
    3.4) CHUN LI
    3.5) CHARLIE
    3.6) BIRDIE
    3.7) ADON
    3.8) GUY
    3.9) SODOM
    3.10) ROSE
    3.11) AKUMA
    3.12) M. BISON
    3.13) DAN
    4) Secrets, Storylines, and Extras
    4.1) Endings (Spoiler Alert!)
    4.2) Those Little Symbols
    4.3) Character Histories
    4.4) Selecting the Hidden Characters
    4.5) Code to Fight Akuma or Dan
    4.6) Ryu & Ken vs. Bison Code
    4.7) Special Endings and Hidden Characters
    4.8) The Future for Capcom's Fighting Game Genre
    5) Appendices
    5.1) Glossary
    5.2) Top Eleven Reasons to Use Dan
    5.3) Top Ten Meanings for the Kanji on Akuma's Back
    6) Credits and Thanks


    ***************
    1) INTRODUCTION
    ***************

    ----------------------------------
    1.1) Author's Preface, Version 2.0
    ----------------------------------

    Tom Cannon was the original FAQ writer, but, due to the fact that he
    unfortunately was unable to update it, people still had many
    questions. Dan Wells became the next keeper of the FAQ, but then
    even more secrets were found, and Dan was not able to come up with a
    revision. Thus, I have taken over as the maintainer of the SFA FAQ.

    After writing a draft revision of the FAQ, I let it sit so that I can
    spend some time verifying a lot of the information on the FAQ. Of
    course, I wanted this final revision to be finished much earlier.
    However, time constraints plus the lack of new SFA discoveries made me
    procrastinate somewhat.

    Still, I saw that there are many people who still download the FAQ for
    informational purposes. There is still a lot of talk about various
    aspects of SFA, such as the value of Alpha Counters or Overhead Hits.
    Finally, there is no telling whether Street Fighter Alpha will hit the
    home systems like the Sega Saturn, the Sony PSX, or even the upcoming
    Ultra 64. Thus, I considered it worthwhile to bring out a final 99%
    accurate version of the FAQ.

    Anyway, Tom Cannon and =P (Mr. Cheung) deserve a lot of credit for
    finding a lot of the preliminary moves out. They were the first to
    have the game and were (and still are) much appreciated by those of
    us who weren't fortunate enough to have beta versions at the time.
    Also, a lot of credit belongs to Dan Wells for his excellent writing
    and efforts. This current version of the FAQ borrows very heavily
    from his version.


    ------------------------
    1.2) Introduction to SFA
    ------------------------

    Street Fighter Alpha is Capcom's latest installment in the Street
    Fighter series. The graphics style has been changed to a more
    anime-esque look, and almost every character in the game comes from
    a game from Capcom's past. There is Charlie, Guile's friend who was
    killed by M. Bison. You can play Guy from Final Fight or try your
    hand at Adon, the wicked Thai kickboxer from Street Fighter 1 who
    still retains his awesome Jaguar Kick. Or go the alternate route and
    play Rose, a woman with magical hair and clothing that falls into the
    style of Darkstalkers 2. SFA is truly a blast from the past which
    brings back the magic of the SF series all over again.

    Note that in Japan, SFA is known as Street Fighter Zero, which is why
    a 'Z' zig-zags across the screen during transitions.


    -------------------------------------------
    1.3) What's New In This Revision of the FAQ
    -------------------------------------------

    Changes in version 2.0:

    - Added ASCII logo.
    - Added section, "How to Avoid Getting AC'ed."
    - Corrected method to roll on the ground.
    - Auto-Block section revised.
    - Added section, "Wake-up Dragon Punches."
    - Added Japanese names for moves where available.
    - Added starting and winning poses.
    - Changed Guy's move names from "Bushido" to "Bushin."
    - Sodom's cheesy S. ROUNDHOUSE added.
    - Added how to choose winning quote.
    - Revised "Code to Fight Akuma or Dan."
    - Added glossary.
    - Added Top Ten lists.
    - General additions, revisions, and corrections all over the place.

    Changes in version 1.9:

    - Added the Ryu & Ken vs. Bison code.
    - Added the Fight Against Akuma code.
    - Moves and Strategies now combined into one section.
    - Changed some names of moves. Some moves also have two names; the
    one in parentheses is the name I made up.
    - Dan Wells' Top Ten list deleted.
    - General revisions in wording and grammar for just about every
    section.
    - General corrections and additions to the moves section.

    Changes in version 1.5:

    * Explanations of the various operator-controlled options in SFA.
    * Better explainations of how to link SC's with chain combos.
    * Expanded uses of the Alpha Counter for specific characters.
    * Clarification of air-blocking multiple hits.
    * A Moves Legend added
    * Corrected/added moves for:
    -Ken
    Shoryureppa SC corrected
    -Chun Li
    Mega Kikoken SC corrected
    -Charlie
    Standing ROUNDHOUSE kick clarified
    -Birdie
    Chain Grab corrected
    Leaping Chain Grab SC corrected
    Overhead Hit added
    -Adon
    Offensive crouching FORWARD kick added
    -Guy
    Overhead Hit added
    "re-dizzy" fully explained
    -Sodom
    Sai Grab corrected
    Sai Crawl added (explained)
    -Akuma
    A couple moves corrected/updated
    Downward Air Kick added
    -Dan
    Total information added
    * Official Capcom names for moves added
    * Expanded and re-done character strategy sections.
    * Updated information on Super Combos, including # of hits and
    damage inflicted
    * Verbatum endings (some of them)
    * Information on the new hidden character, Dan.
    * My Top 10 Cheap Things in SFA List
    * An expanded Wish List of stuff that I want changed. :)


    -------------------------------
    1.4) Where to Get SFA Resources
    -------------------------------

    This FAQ has generously been put on a couple of FTP sites where you
    can always download the latest version.

    * brawl.mindlink.net /pub/sfa/sfafaq20.txt

    Brawl is an FTP site with a large directory dedicated to fighting
    game FAQs, pictures, sounds, guides, etc. You can DL pictures of
    SFA digitized from the latest Gamest magazine at this location.

    * ftp.netcom.com /pub/vi/vidgames/faqs/sfalpha.txt

    Maintained by Andy Eddy, Senior Editor of GamePro magazine, this
    site carries tons of FAQs regarding both arcade stand-ups and home
    entertainment system games. If there's a video game and there's a
    FAQ for it, it's here.

    * AOL Game Forum

    If you are an AOL member, just go to the keyword GAMES and check
    the game FAQ section for this file.

    For pictures of SFA digitized from various magazines like Gamest and
    DHGF, you can D/L these at brawl.mindlink.net in the same directory
    listed above.

    If you're looking for good Web sites that feature SFA, let me suggest
    one of the following:

    - Patrick Beja's SFZ Page.
    http://www.miage.dauphine.fr/~beja/sfz/sfz.html

    - Shoryken's Site O' Nothing
    http://www.crl.com/~shoryken

    There are two "combo" guides out there that do a really good job
    listing which of the moves in SFA can be used in a chain combo or an
    interrupt combo:

    - Derek Liu, SFA Advanced FAQ.
    E-mail lanzer@mindlink.net

    - Patrick Beja, SFA List of Comboable Moves.
    E-mail beja@miage.miage.dauphine.fr

    As usual, there are many character-specific guides out there written
    by fans like you and I. I'll list just a few here; if you'd like your
    character guide listed here, just tell me and I'll put it in later.

    AKUMA
    Derek "Dee-ciple" Bryant, Unofficial Akuma Mini-Faq.
    (udjbryant@cc.memphis.edu)
    (ftp://brawl.mindlink.net/pub/sfa/guides/akuma.bryant)

    ROSE
    Dmitri "Dmitheon" Lenna, Rose: The Guide.
    (lennad@rpi.edu)
    (http://www.rpi.edu/~lennad/vg/rose.htm

    RYU
    Samuel Goh, Ryu Guide.
    (ftp://brawl.mindlink.net/pub/sfa/guides/ryu.goh)

    KEN
    Rahmon "Omar" DeLoney, Ken Strategy Guide v1.0.
    (HyperFyter@aol.com)
    (ftp://brawl.mindlink.net/pub/sfa/guides/ken.deloney)

    Finally, if you have files pertaining to SFA, such as character
    guides, digitized pictures, and BGM .WAV or MIDI files, by all means
    upload them to one or all of the public sites mentioned above!


    -----------------------------------------
    1.5) Is Alpha Still Beta-Testing Or What?
    -----------------------------------------

    Alpha is completely done beta-testing. From all reports and
    indications that I've gotten, the versions of SFA released
    nationally are virtually identical to those that were beta-testing
    in Chicago, California, and elsewhere. The only difference may be
    in the computer AI difficulty.

    There still exist some flaws in the game engine, such as Guy's re-dizzy
    combo and Sodom's unblockable S. ROUNDHOUSE. If the rumor is true and
    Capcom releases a new version of SFA, these bugs will probably be
    fixed. (See section 4.8)


    -----------------------------
    1.6) Legend and Abbreviations
    -----------------------------

    Throughout this guide I will be using symbols and notations for moves
    that you may be unfamiliar with. Here is what everything means:

    JOYSTICK POSITIONS

    O O O Backwards Jump Vertical Jump Forward Jump
    \|/
    O--*--O Back Center Forward
    /|\
    O O O Defensive Crouch Down Offensive Crouch

    *NOTE*: ALL JOYSTICK DIAGRAMS ASSUME THAT YOU ARE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF
    THE SCREEN FACING RIGHT. Thus, if you are on the right side facing
    left, just reverse the left and the right.

    BUTTONS

    JAB STRONG FIERCE
    O O O
    O O O
    SHORT FORWARD ROUNDHOUSE

    C. JAB translates as Crouching JAB
    S. FORWARD translates as Standing FORWARD
    J. ROUNDHOUSE translates as Jumping ROUNDHOUSE (a jump kick)

    Some Abbreviations:

    You should be able to figure out most abbreviations from the context,
    but just in case something stumps you, here are some of the
    abbreviations that you may find.

    SSF2T.....Super Street Fighter II Turbo (the last of the SF2 series)
    SC.....Super Combo
    AC.....Alpha Counter
    QCF.....Quarter Circle Forward
    QCB.....Quarter Circle Back
    HCF.....Half Circle Forward
    HCB.....Half Circle Back
    FB.....Fireball
    DP.....Dragon Punch (usually referring to a DP-type motion)
    HK.....Hurricane Kick
    FK.....Flash Kick
    TBK.....Thousand Burst Kick (Chun Li)
    TAH.....Turn-Around Headbutt (Birdie)


    ************************
    2) GAME ENGINE SPECIFICS
    ************************

    --------------------
    2.1) SFA ROM Options
    --------------------

    There are 4 main options that your operator has control over in the
    SFA ROM Menu.

    * Speed Select
    The speed of the game can be preset at 3 different speeds:
    Normal, Turbo 1, and Turbo 2. The operator also has the option
    of letting the players select their speed. Unfortunately, when
    this option is active, players can only choose between the 2
    slower speed settings. Many players prefer Turbo 2 because this
    speed is similar to SSF2T, but others (like myself) feel that
    Turbo 2 turns the game into a spaz-fest.

    On the other hand, I find that the normal speed is just too slow,
    but some people prefer to play at a less hectic pace, so it's up
    to you.

    * Auto-Blocking
    Arcade operators have the option of turning Auto-blocking on or
    off, which determines whether players get the option of using
    it. See Section 2.4 to find out how it works.

    * Damage Level
    This is also configurable to several levels. If it is set at
    anything less than normal, the only difference I've noticed is
    that you get considerably more time-out victories, which isn't
    too good. On the other hand, if the damage is set too high,
    you'll find that typical combos, especially Level 3 Supers, will
    cause over 3/4 damage, which may be overdoing it (IMHO).

    * Computer AI Difficulty
    There are at least 6 or so settings for this. I've played one
    of the harder ones, and the computer AI pulls NASTY combos on you
    with ease, almost to the point where it gets like SSF2T was. It
    is still a fun challenge, but you really have to know what you
    are doing (i.e. newbies will get squashed!).


    ------------------------
    2.2) The Old and the New
    ------------------------

    The first character you will pick when you first play SFA will
    probably be Ryu, Sagat, Ken, or Chun Li. It's understandable. One
    thing that needs to be stressed, however, is that while this game is
    essentially based on the SF2 engine, there are a LOT of little nuances
    and tricks, as well as some major alterations, which make SFA
    dramaticly different from SSF2T. If you play SFA exactly like you
    play SSF2T, you're going to get your butt blasted once you run into
    someone who's learned to adapt to the new engine.

    Don't make the mistake of assuming that Charlie is Guile, Ken is Ken,
    Ryu is Ryu, etc. and overlook the differences. Definitely experiment
    and fool around a bit. Figure out what everyone has lost, what
    they've gained, and what the new guys mean to the old SF2 strategies.
    The first time you play Ryu and get grabbed by Birdie's Super Combo,
    torn apart by a Guy player, or humiliated by Rose and her "magic
    shawl", you'll know what I mean.


    -----------------------
    2.3) Proximity Blocking
    -----------------------

    One of the limitations of the old SF2 engine was that you could not
    walk backwards if someone threw a projectile at you. However, in SFA,
    the blocking has been modified into what I call "proximity blocking."
    Basically, if you are moving backwards and the opponent throws an
    attack or a projectile, you will not go into a block stance until the
    attack is within hitting range. The obvious advantage is that you can
    back away from projectiles and some close-range attacks.

    However, some people are in the habit of moving the joystick back
    for a standing block when they see a projectile coming from long
    range. Thus, their character will keep walking back and back until
    either the projectile is blocked or until they corner themselves.
    This happens especially with joysticks that don't have sensitive
    diagonals. Thus, to avoid moving yourself into the corner, either
    block the projectile with a crouching block, or move the joystick back
    at the moment before the projectile hits.


    ------------------
    2.4) Auto-Blocking
    ------------------

    Auto-Blocking is now in SFA (provided your arcade operator has
    activated the option). If you choose Auto-Block, then you will see a
    counter up in the corner next to your portrait. This counter will
    start at some number (8 for human competition) and count down every
    time you block a hit, whether automatically OR manually. Once the
    counter hits zero, you must block manually for the rest of the round.
    The counter is reset at the start of every round. Unlike Capcom's X-
    Men:CotA, if you win the match, Auto-Block will remain active for
    subsequent matches.

    The most severe limitation of Auto-Block is that you will only be able
    to store one level of energy in your Super Meter. Another limitation
    is that you will automatically stand to block Sagat's High Tiger Shot
    and Tiger Cannon SC. You cannot duck these projectiles unless your
    Auto-Block counter is at zero.

    Note that if you are playing against the CPU with Auto-Block
    activated, your first round of the game will set your Auto-Block
    counter to 10. If you win the round, the next round your counter will
    be reset to your original value, minus 2. In other words, after you
    win a total of five straight rounds (not matches), you will no longer
    have Auto-Block, and you will still be stuck with the limitations of
    Auto-Block. But if you lose a round, the next round (if you haven't
    lost the match yet) will add 2 to your original value. Furthermore,
    if you lose a match, continue, and activate Auto-Block again, your
    counter will go back up to 10.

    If you win the game with Auto-Block and without continuing, you don't
    get to see the credits. Finally, if you get a high score, your entry
    in the high-score charts will have an "Auto" label next to it.

    Auto-Blocking comes with one more advantage. Anyone using the Auto-
    Block feature can execute a Super Combo by pressing a punch and a kick
    button of the same strength simultaneously. For example, once your
    meter is charged up, you can simply press STRONG + FORWARD, just like
    the motions in X-Men:CotA and Nightwarriors. This can allow players
    to throw easy SC's on reaction without the need for precise timing and
    dexterity. For example, Ryu could easily throw a Shinkuu Hadouken SC
    right after blocking a sweep.


    -----------------
    2.5) Chain Combos
    -----------------

    Like Darkstalkers and X-Men, SFA now has chain combos. Not only do
    you have "normal" combos from SF2, but you now have certain
    combinations of normal moves that are specificly designed to work
    together in a "chain." More specifically, when you see a sequence
    of ground attacks and each attack "interrupts" the previous one,
    that's a chain combo. The only way you can recognize these chain
    combos is by the way that they "flow" together.

    These chains open a whole new door to comboing. Take Ken for instance.
    If a chain combo starts with a JAB, you can do the JAB 1-2 times,
    follow up with a C. FORWARD, a C. ROUNDHOUSE, and then finish with a
    special move. You can mix chain combos and Super Combos, or even lead
    off the chain combo with a jump attack. The whole system is pretty
    flexible now, allowing you to use which combo you need at the right
    time, whether you are comboing in a Super Combo, going for maximum
    damage, or trying to get a dizzy.


    -------------------------------
    2.6) The New Super Combo System
    -------------------------------

    Every character has a Super Meter at the bottom of the screen that is
    divided into 3 Levels of power. Your character adds to your Super
    Meter as he or she fights. Note that the Meter is reset only between
    matches, not rounds, so you get to keep whatever you already built up
    in your Meter. There are 4 ways to increase your Super Meter:

    1) Hitting your opponent
    By far the quickest way of increasing your Super Meter.
    Attacks that damage will increase your Meter faster than
    attacks that are blocked.
    2) Performing special moves
    Everytime you do any type of special move, whether it
    hits your opponent or not, your Meter goes up.
    3) Getting hit by your opponent
    Blocking and taking damage increase your Super Meter, but
    only by a very small amount.
    4) Throwing a normal punch or kick
    Every time you hit a button (except JAB or SHORT), you
    will add a tiny amount to your Super Meter.

    Each character has two, three, or four Super Combos which require
    energy (Chi) from their Super Meter. Each Super Combo can be
    performed at 3 levels of power, corresponding to the 3 levels of the
    Super Meter. To perform a Level 1 SC, simply do the proper joystick
    motion and hit a single punch or kick button (according to the SC).
    To perform a Level 2 SC, press any 2 of the punch or kick buttons.
    To perform a Level 3 SC, press all 3 punch or kick buttons.

    When you actually execute the SC, the screen darkens, the game pauses
    for under half a second, and Chi (or energy) swirls around your
    character, focusing on their fists, feet, or even their eyes. The SC
    is then executed with blue "shadows" trailing your character.

    Since you gather energy relatively quickly while fighting, you almost
    always have a Level 1 SC at your disposal. For this reason most Level
    1 SC's have somewhat mediocre priority, invulnerability, and damage
    potential. Level 2 and 3 SC's are much better, especially Level 3
    SC's where you can often get up to 50% or more damage with all hits.

    -------------------------
    2.6.1) Using Super Combos
    -------------------------

    When executing SC's, you can either attack with a series of weaker
    SC's or strike with one big SC. Which approach you use is totally
    dependent on the character you are using, your opponent, and your
    individual style. In general, if you want to shave off your
    opponents health little by little, throw a series of weak SC's. If
    you like to wait until you see a rare opening, execute the Level 3 SC
    to cause the most damage possible in a single opportunity.

    However, there are 2 things to be careful of. First, if you use a
    SC, make sure that you are in a position to get most or all of the
    hits. Using Ken's Level 1 Shoryureppa against a jumper isn't very
    effective since you'll get a pitiful number of hits and damage.
    Don't do Charlie's Level 3 Rushing Kick SC if your opponent is
    airborn since you will only get 2 hits of the SC. Don't execute
    Rose's Aura Soul Catch SC if your opponent is on the ground. Pretty
    basic stuff.

    Second, remember that you keep your Super Meter Chi between rounds.
    Thus, you want to be careful about finishing off an opponent with
    a SC if he is already near KO. That can be a big unnecessary waste
    of Chi. Similarly, if you are losing to an opponent and he hasn't
    already won a round, you might want to save your Meter for the next
    round.

    Here's another thing you may want to consider. Let's say you are
    saving up your Meter for an opportunity, but you can't find one and
    your meter has remained at Level 3 for a while. Instead of keeping a
    full meter, consider throwing a Level 1 SC to cause block damage to
    your opponent. You might as well use the Chi energy that would
    otherwise just sit there, and your meter will quickly charge back up
    to Level 3 anyway. (Alternatively, you can use an Alpha Counter
    instead of a SC. AC's are explained in section 2.7.)

    -------------------------------------------
    2.6.2) Super Combos and the Animation Pause
    -------------------------------------------

    If you perform a SC while your opponent's guard is down, he WILL NOT
    be able to block for a very split-second after the Chi gathering
    animation ends. Thus, if your opponent is close and you catch him
    with a SC while he's not blocking, he simply cannot just block after
    the SC animation begins. This is very good, IMHO, since it doesn't
    allow the Chi animation to be a sort of a "flag" that gives the
    opponent all day to block the oncoming SC. Note that this "no-block
    period" means nothing if your opponent is at a fair distance away
    from you.

    When you perform a Super Combo, the game progresses your opponent's
    animation by one frame. One partial reason for this may be to show
    players who tap a button at the last second before a SC that they
    actually did indeed push a button.

    In terms of gameplay, though, you can make use of this and other
    properties of the SFA engine in a particular situation. When your
    opponent jumps toward you, you can back off (since you can walk
    backwards while being attacked). This will cause your opponent's
    jump attack to miss. Then, just before your opponent lands, perform
    a Super Combo. The animation will progress so that your opponent
    will land exactly as the Super Combo is performed. Then, since your
    opponent technically isn't blocking as he automaticly lands, he will
    not be able to block the Super Combo. Net result: properly timed,
    you can nail opponents jumping in by throwing a ground-based Super
    Combo (i.e. Charlie's Crossfire Blitz SC). Since the damage potential
    is very good, especially if you have a Level 2 or 3 SC ready, you may
    want to consider this in place of your standard anti-air move.


    -------------------
    2.7) Alpha Counters
    -------------------

    There is now a guard-reversal system in SFA called Alpha Counters. To
    execute an Alpha Counter, perform the following joystick motion early
    in your block-stun animation:

    O- / | + Any punch or any kick button (punch or kick depends on
    O O the character, noted individually.)

    In other words, right when you block an attack like a jump kick,
    move the joystick down and press a punch (or kick, depending on the
    character) button.

    Basicly, when you do this, your character will swat your opponent's
    attack to the side, freezing the animation by one or two frames. Your
    character then throws one of his moves over your opponent's move,
    knocking them out of it (in theory). When you hit your opponent with
    an AC, they are knocked down spinning with air swirling around
    them.

    Note that an AC requires one level of your Super Meter. Thus, an
    expert in Alpha Counters can't just retreat back and play like a
    turtle who AC's every attack. You must "finance" your Super Meter by
    throwing attacks and becoming offensive before you become defensive
    with AC's.

    Unfortunately, Alpha Counters seem to be the most unpredictable moves
    of the entire game. Sometimes AC's will be blocked or will not hit.
    Some characters' AC's just can't hit aerial opponents that well. To
    top it off, AC's don't cause a whole lot of damage, especially
    considering that it uses up some of your Chi Power. Why would you use
    one, then?

    * Getting out of the corner.
    The corner is a BAD place to be in SFA, and you can sometimes
    use AC's to smack your way out of a corner/fireball trap.
    * Keeping an opponent in the corner.
    The corner is a very powerful tool in defeating your opponent.
    It is often much more critical to keep your opponent in the
    corner than to preserve one Level of Chi for a Super Combo.
    * Smacking those annoying kicks!
    For battling characters who use a lot of long-range kicks (i.e.
    Adon, Guy, Ken, Charlie, etc), you can break through their kicks
    and try to make your opponent a bit more weary by Alpha
    Countering.
    * Stopping those projectile patterns.
    Some characters have AC's with good reaches. Thus, if someone
    throws a projectile at you from a close or medium distance, you
    can AC it and smack him while his guard is down.
    * Alpha Countering a Super Combo.
    Sometimes an opponent will try and use a SC to finish you off by
    making you eat tons of block-damage. You can _usually_ AC a
    Super Combo without any difficulty.
    * Getting Out of a Tick Attempt.
    When your opponent is mad and cheap and you can't deal with
    it, just Alpha Counter the jump-in or whatever other move is
    being used as a lead-in for the tick.

    As a word of caution, be careful about using Alpha Counters against a
    Super Combo. Do it only if it is crucial to you staying alive.
    Sometimes, if your opponent is performing a Level 2 or 3 SC and your
    character's AC isn't fast enough, the Super Combo will knock you out
    of your Alpha Counter and you will be the one that ends up getting
    plastered, not your opponent. This can REALLY be disappointing when
    you try to AC a Level 3 Super Combo and you end up eatting the whole
    SC because your AC wasn't up to par. :(

    --------------------------------
    2.7.1) Practicing Alpha Counters
    --------------------------------

    If you have trouble with Alpha Counters, practice against a projectile
    thrower like Ryu or Ken. Have your opponent throw projectiles at you.
    When you block a projectile, immediately execute the AC. (Yes, you
    can AC a blocked projectile, but in an actual match, it has little
    tactical value unless you are close to your opponent.) Remember, you
    _must_ block first, then AC. The timing is pretty quick, but with a
    little practice, it will become second nature to you.

    One skill you will have to learn is Alpha Countering from a crouching
    position, i.e. AC'ing sweeps. To do this, you simply need to quickly
    move the joystick out of the defensive crouch position and perform
    the Alpha Counter. You have to be very fast, but you will be able to
    do it with practice.

    This ability really helps out when both you and your opponent have
    very little life left and both have enough Chi for an Alpha Counter.
    These situations can turn into huge turtle-fests where both opponents
    are afraid to touch each other for fear of receiving an Alpha
    Counter. One tactic here is to try a lot of low attacks, since these
    are much harder to Alpha Counter. If you can reliably AC a low
    attack and your opponent cannot, that gives you a definite advantage
    that could very well win the round for you.

    -------------------------------------------
    2.7.2) How to Avoid Getting Alpha Countered
    -------------------------------------------

    Here's the situation: You are fighting against an opponent who uses
    AC's regularly. Plus, he plays rather offensively, meaning his Super
    Meter charges rapidly, yet whenever you throw an attack, he blocks it
    and AC's without difficulty. How do you fight a seemingly
    "invulnerable" opponent like that?

    - Be unexpected. Throw low attacks sparringly. Don't jump in and
    attack, because you might as well hold up a sign that says "Alpha
    Counter me."

    - Use someone with a projectile, and fight from a distance. If your
    opponent closes the distance, do whatever it takes to get away.

    - Walk up and throw. (Yeah, you'll be called cheap, but this IS
    Street Fighter, not KI, and throws are all part of the game.) If
    your opponent can see your throw attempt coming, either throw a few
    sweeps now and then, or just "fake" a throw attempt, block any sweep
    and AC it.

    - Jump in, but don't throw any aerial attack. Your opponent will be
    expecting to block *something* so that he can perform an AC; thus, he
    may not throw an attack. Once you reach the ground, either throw or
    sweep. Or when you land, just block and hopefully you'll draw a
    blocked counterattack from your opponent so that you can AC him.


    -----------------
    2.8) Air Blocking
    -----------------

    SFA now has air-blocking in its game engine. Note that SFA has
    limited air-blocking, where some moves can be air-blocked and others
    can't. This differs from Capcom's X-Men which has full air-blocking.
    Here is the list of what can and cannot be air-blocked in SFA:

    Moves that ABSOLUTELY CANNOT be air-blocked:
    * Super Combos, except Charlie's Sonic Blade SC and Akuma's Air
    Fireball SC. (Note that you CANNOT air-block other SC
    projectiles like Ryu's Vacuum Fireball SC.)
    * All ground-based normal moves (i.e. normal uppercuts)

    Moves that USUALLY CANNOT be air-blocked but very occasionally are:
    * Ken/Ryu/Sagat/Akuma's Dragon Punches
    * Chun Li's Vertical Kick
    * Adon's Jaguar Knee

    Moves that USUALLY CAN be air-blocked
    * Charlie's Flash Kick and Sonic Blade SC
    * Adon's Jaguar Kick and Jaguar Tooth
    * Akuma's Air Fireball SC
    * All normal projectiles
    * All normal air-based moves

    Basicly, there are some weird cases (i.e. Ryu's HK), but these are the
    only exceptions you probably need to be concerned with. Don't worry
    about all the weird cases, just learn what usually can and cannot be
    air-blocked and don't be surprised when something else (like a DP)
    gets air-blocked occasionally.

    One thing you will want to keep an eye out for is retaliating against
    your opponent after air-blocking his attack, like a jump kick.
    Although it typicly only happens near the corner, sometimes you will
    land close enough to an airborne opponent to hit them as they come
    down. Your airborn opponent will not be able to block whatever
    attack you throw at them, so use this opportunity to quickly land a
    hit instead of waiting for them to land (i.e. a fireball, DP,
    uppercut, etc.).

    The reverse is also possible (the attacker landing first and
    attacking) but this happens less frequently.


    --------------------------
    2.9) Rolling on the Ground
    --------------------------

    As you are knocked down, such as from a sweep or throw, perform this
    motion:

    O-- / | + punch (An easier way to roll is to just keep moving
    O O the joystick in quarter or half-circle
    motions while pressing the punch button.)

    and you will hit the ground rolling, similar to Ken's rolling move.
    You can also roll after getting knocked from the air or even after an
    air-block.

    This move can be used to get out of corner traps, counter a fireball
    set-up, etc. The roll can also go through projectiles. However, you
    are not invulnerable to other attacks while rolling, like sweeps. You
    can also get thrown if you end up too near to your opponent.

    Note that you can only roll towards your opponent, not away. The only
    exception is Sodom who can roll forwards or backwards, or even
    initiate his Tengu Walk if he "rolls forward" with a kick button.


    -------------------
    2.10) Overhead Hits
    -------------------

    Similar to Ryu's Rushing Punches of SSF2T, many characters have been
    given overhead hits that will hit a crouching defender. These moves
    must be blocked standing, like a jump kick. There usually is a delay
    to overhead attacks, so if you keep on your toes, you can spot them.

    One tactic is to jump-in and immediately perform an overhead hit.
    Since most people will block low after blocking an aerial attack, you
    can nail people with the overhead hit.


    -----------------------------------------------
    2.11) Throws, Throw Softening (Tech), and Ticks
    -----------------------------------------------

    Yes, those ultra-cheap throws are back! :) Capcom has made some
    adjustments to the throwing part of the game engine to appeal to both
    throw and non-throw players.

    * Capcom now calls throw-softening "techs." To soften a throw, or
    "tech out of a throw" as I call it, just move the joystick either
    towards or away from your opponent and press Fierce right when you
    are thrown (Roundhouse can sometimes work as well.) In essense,
    you are trying to counter your opponent's throw with a throw of
    your own.

    * Throw softening is more difficult now. Your reaction time to the
    throw has to be much quicker than in SSF2T. You also can't soften
    throws "accidentally" like you almost always could in SSF2T.

    * All non-special move throws can be softened now, which includes
    presses and air-throws.

    * Throw ranges have been reduced. This makes ticking (throwing
    someone as they come out of a block stun) more difficult and
    easier to anticipate.

    * Special move throws like Birdie and Sodom's grabs have shorter
    ranges than Zangief's piledriver and can can be countered with a
    jab or other move pretty easily.

    Ticking is much easier to anticipate now with the reduced throw
    ranges. It is very easy to chain combo someone out of a tick attempt.
    The exception is Birdie, who has a few monster ticks with his Chain
    Grab. However, this tick requires the slow, lethargic Birdie to
    move-in and get a close jump-in attack or other set-up move, something
    which isn't necessarily easy.

    The bottom line is that ticking and throws are harder than before
    and play less of a role in the outcome of the game. They are not
    as big a nightmare as they were in SF2.


    ---------------------------------------------
    2.12) Jump-ins, Neck Kicks, and Meaty Attacks
    ---------------------------------------------

    Just as in SF2, you can jump-in on an opponent who is getting up so
    that they must block or be hit. In this FAQ, we refer to this type of
    aerial attack as a jump-in attack. It is reasonably difficult to
    time, being somewhere between Turbo and Hyper Fighting. Of course,
    your opponent can try Alpha Countering, but that's the risk you take.
    If your jump-in attack connects (maybe your opponent tried and failed
    to DP or something), there are a number of Super Combos and chain
    combos that go well with a jump-in. These are described later on. If
    you try and jump-in, however, you must watch to make sure your
    opponent does not roll away and try to nail you as you come down.

    There also exist a form of neck kicks in SFA. This is where you hit
    your opponent's "neck" with the back of your leg as you jump in.
    Because of the positioning, the fighter on the ground must "reverse
    his block," or block by holding the joystick TOWARDS the opponent, as
    opposed to away.

    Neck kicks is much harder to do than in SF2 due to the difficult
    timing and positioning. The only character I personally can do it
    reasonably well with is Ken with his flying forward kick. The
    positioning is actually pretty deceiving since Ken hits on the very
    upper forward part of the opponent's forehead. Ken then "magicly"
    skips to the other side to hit behind his opponent. This move sets up
    some really nice combo attempts.

    Other characters may have similar attacks. I've seen a human Ryu land
    a neck kick a few times before as well as the CPU with several
    characters. But, because of the really difficult positioning and
    timing, don't expect it to be a huge part of the game by any means.

    Contrary to the difficulty of jump-ins, meaty attack are relatively
    easy. Meaty attacks are the ground-based equivalents of jump-ins; in
    other words, just stay on the ground and throw an attack as your
    opponent gets up so that he will have to block or get hit. These are
    very easy to time. One strategy is to land early from a jump-in,
    faking your opponent into trying to throw or DP, and then throwing a
    meaty attack at the last second. All attacks can theoreticly be used
    as meaty attacks. Try mixing in long-range kicks and close-in
    punches and jabs to provoke your opponent to try something.

    As with jump-ins, meaty attacks are prone to the same risks with
    regard to Alpha Counters as jump-ins.


    ----------------------------
    2.13) Wake-up Dragon Punches
    ----------------------------

    It seems that SFA really does allow players to perform wake-up Dragon
    Punches. A wake-up DP is performed right as the character is getting
    up from a knockdown and the opponent is coming in with a jump-in
    attack. Apparently, if timed right, the wake-up DP will always win
    over a jump-in attack, even if the jump-in itself is timed perfectly.

    Of course, the catch words are "Perfect Timing," since if you mistime
    your wake-up DP motion, your opponent will be able to land a pretty
    hefty jump-in combo. Thus, in my opinion, wake-up DP's should not be
    performed unless absolutely necessary, such as when you have little
    life left. There are other, safer ways to deal with jump-in attacks,
    like Alpha Counters, or even blocking and waiting for the opponent to
    make a mistake.


    ------------
    2.14) Taunts
    ------------

    Yes! The SF series has jumped on the humiliation bandwagon by putting
    character taunts in SFA. To taunt, just hit the START button (yours,
    of course! Your opponent could get very mad if you accidentally make
    him taunt you). Remember, you can only taunt once per round, with
    the exception of Dan.

    Taunts do not use up any Chi, do not hit your opponnet (except for
    Chun Li's), and leaves your guard down for a brief moment. You cannot
    use a special move to get out of a taunt. You just have to sit there
    and let the animation run its course. Neat, eh? Perfect for using
    after a big SC, or after throwing a non-thrower. Sodom is perfect for
    this as he just picks up his opponent and throws quickly without even
    bending down. Taunting right afterwords makes him bow down at his
    opponent in "respect." Gets people real mad! :)


    -----------------------------------
    2.15) Choose Your Own Winning Quote
    -----------------------------------

    If you win a match, you can choose your own winning quote by holding
    down all three punch or kick buttons and moving the joystick in a
    certain direction before the winning quote appears. For example,
    after you win the second round with Ryu, hold Up + All Punches to
    choose one quote, or Down + All Punches to choose another.

    By itself, this feature doesn't mean much; however, it is a
    requirement to get to Dan as a computer opponent. See section 4.5 for
    details.


    **************************************************
    3) MOVES AND STRATEGIES SPECIFIC TO EACH CHARACTER
    **************************************************

    What follows is an in-depth coverage of each of the individual
    characters' moves and a general strategy outline for each character.
    This covers what combos are most often used, what each opponent's
    strengths are, and what to avoid or watch out for when playing with
    or against a certain character.

    Note that the combos listed for each character are there to give you
    ideas and should not be considered an exhaustive list. The combo
    system in SFA is very flexible, allowing players to create their own
    combos or modify existing combos to suit their playing styles. Thus,
    listing every possible SFA combo in existence is impossible. If you
    do want a guide that tells you what moves are interruptable or
    chainable in combos, try either Lanzer's SFA Advanced FAQ or Patrick
    Beja's SFA combo guide. See section 1.4 for details.


    ---------------------
    3.0) Conventions Used
    ---------------------

    Move names and translations:

    I know that each move can have several different names, according to
    who you talk to. Therefore, I will use the name that is most commonly
    used on the Internet newsgroup alt.games.sf2. However, I will also
    give the "official" name designated by Capcom and listed in Gamest
    magazine. If the name is in English, I will list it in curly braces
    {}.

    If the name is in Japanese, I will give the Romanized Japanese name in
    , then the English translation (if available). The
    translation will most likely not be a straight literal translation, so
    all you Japanese speakers out there please bear with me! (By the way,
    in Romanized Japanese, "ou" is pronounced like the long 'o' in "go."
    For example, Gouken is pronounced "go-ken", not "goo-ken.")


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    3.1) RYU
    --------

    "What's wrong? Why do you hold back?"
    -Ryu, SFA

    Ryu is in the tournament for the spirit of the fight. Does he need a
    better reason?

    Starting Pose: Ryu tightens his headband, then his gauntlets.
    Winning Pose #1: Ryu raises his fist in triumph.
    Winning Pose #2: Ryu folds his arms and looks away from his fallen
    opponent.

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + punch
    O O

    Ryu blocks the attack and throws a fierce Dragon Punch.

    While not having as much range as other Super Combos, this AC has
    the advantage of hitting your opponent the instant it starts (no
    unnecessary animation like in Charlie's or Birdie's AC's). It
    does not hit as deep as a normal DP, so be very careful trying
    to AC sweeps and slides. The AC is pretty invulnerable, insuring
    that you can use it against all types of attacks and Super Combos
    without much fear of trading. Since Ryu performs a FIERCE Dragon
    Punch, make sure you connect with this move, or you will
    definitely be eating a combo on your way down.

    *Taunt*

    #1 Ryu stops to adjust his gauntlets.
    #2 Ryu stops to adjust his headband.

    *Overhead Punch*

    --O + STRONG

    Ryu raises his fist over his shoulder and then slams down for 2
    hits. This is an overhead hit.

    This is a decent move. It has more range than you might think,
    and you can sometimes nail your opponent with the last part of
    the hit from afar.

    *Spin Kick*

    --O + FORWARD

    Ryu does one rotation of a Hurricane Kick. Ryu's foot hits the
    opponent as he comes down. Can hit crouching opponents, but
    note that this is not an overhead hit.

    This move is very quick and lets Ryu skip in closer to his
    opponent without retaliation. You can use it to try to push your
    opponent back, tick with it, or skip over foot sweeps, slides, and
    other low attacks.

    Since you can sometimes be hit afterwords if you try anything but
    blocking (depending on distance), your opponent may try and sweep
    you afterwords. Try using a Super Combo as you land if your
    opponent becomes this predictable.

    *Fireball*

    | \ --O + punch
    O O

    The FIERCE fireball flickers red for a brief second after it comes
    out. If you hit your opponent with it while it is red, they will
    catch on fire and be knocked down.

    Ryu still has a very short fireball delay. However, since many
    opponents have other means besides jumping to get around
    fireballs, you have to be very careful when and where you throw
    fireballs. Fireball corner traps don't work against a lot of
    characters, and using only fireballs to push an opponent back is
    risky as well. Use fireballs more in moderation with other
    attacks to keep your opponent guessing. To keep opponents away,
    combo fireballs after footsweeps and other attacks, forcing them
    to block and be pushed back.

    Whenever adding a fireball to a combo, use the FIERCE version.
    If you are close, your opponent will be set on fire and be
    knocked down, giving you the positional advantage.

    *Hurricane Kick*

    | / O-- + kick
    O O

    Now goes over fireballs and Charlie's Sonic Boom. Can be done in
    the air. Knocks opponents down in a single hit.

    If you are quick, this move can counter close-range fireballs
    easily. You have to do it slightly early to make it over the
    fireball. Also, if you need to air-block, use the aerial HK
    instead while jumping to gain superiority over most of your
    opponent's aerial attacks.

    *Dragon Punch*

    --O | \ + punch
    O O

    Almost impossible to air-block. If blocked, Ryu's DP can hit
    twice, but if unblocked, it will knock down an opponent in a
    single hit.

    As usual, this move causes the most damage if the opponent is hit
    during the first few frames of motion (while Ryu's fist is still
    below his shoulders). It is also invulnerable during this time.
    However, once Ryu's fist extends over his head, the DP is no
    longer invulnerable, and it causes less damage. This makes timing
    all the more essential, since you want to execute the DP as late
    as possible so that you will cause the most damage without
    worrying about getting hit.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Shinkuu Hadouken

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Ryu sends out a massive fireball that goes through projectiles.
    The fireball loses 1 hit for each projectile it passes through.

    Level 1: 3 hits.
    Level 2: 4 hits.
    Level 3: 5 hits.

    The Shinkuu Hadouken is an excellent attack in fireball wars and
    close-in fighting. For example, if you are throwing projectiles
    at each other, throw the Super Fireball instead. It will go
    right through your opponent's projectile and score some hits. By
    having a charged SC, you can really take control and intimidate a
    fireballing opponent.

    Close-in, ALWAYS look for openings where you can throw your SC,
    especially in the corner. Opponents will often throw a fireball
    that they expect you to block. However, even if their fireball
    is right in front your face, you can still launch the SC
    instantaneously and nail your opponent. Here's a good habit:
    Always do the SC motions as you are pulling out of certain moves
    and watch for a projectile attempt from your opponent. Good
    situations include after a blocked sweep or uppercut, after an
    intentionally missed sweep (hit them as they run in to hit you),
    after the overhead punch as they try to retaliate, etc.

    Using the Shinkuu Hadouken in normal combos requires a bit of
    fancy joystick work, but the results can be particularly damaging.
    You have very little leaway in getting the motions done if you
    want the SC to hit. The optimum move for this is the crouching
    FORWARD kick. Basically, you need to insert the FORWARD kick
    into the first QCF motion of the SC. Then, after the first QCF,
    just buffer-in a normal fireball. If you do everything close
    enough together, you will get the Super Combo instead of a
    fireball, doing nice damage to your unfortunate opponent. It
    looks something like this:

    | \ + FORWARD --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Or it may look something like this:

    | \ --O | + FORWARD \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Because you have so little time to buffer the SC motion into the
    C. FORWARD kick, you have to start the motion for the SC before
    you actually kick. Doing a C. FORWARD and then attempting to do
    the 2QCF motion will not work. You simply cannot do it fast
    enough (physically). As described in the combo section, you can
    incorporate a variety of combos with the Shinkuu Hadouken like
    above.

    As a final warning, be very careful when trying to use the
    Shinkuu Hadouken against an opponent with an anti-fireball SC like
    Adon or Birdie. These characters can buffer their SC's during the
    chi animation of your SC, thus being able to easily counter before
    your SC fireball even comes out.


    *Super Combo #2*
    Shinkuu Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku

    | / O-- | / O-- + kick
    O O O O

    Ryu does a Hurricane Kick in place, and you can see the air
    fanning away on the ground. Hits lots of times and does KILLER
    damage, even if blocked.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 8 hits.
    Level 3: 12 hits.

    This move really has little range, so you have to anticipate your
    opponent moving in or opening-up to get it to hit. It is best
    used at close range, especially when your opponent is cornered
    and desparately trying to escape. Try using it after the Spin
    Kick if you know that your opponent will try and retaliate.
    This move does very good damage, so don't totally discount it
    based solely on its limited range.

    If you play Ryu like an old-schooler (constantly throwing FB's and
    DP's), this SC may be of little use to you. However, for players
    like me who like to take the fight up close and personal, this SC
    can be a real beefy attack. I like to execute a Level 1 after
    coming in with a flying kick. If anything, it will cause good
    block damage.

    Do not use this move as an anti-air defense. If you have time
    to do the SC, do a Dragon Punch instead. If you do this against
    an airborne opponent, you will get a poor number of hits and
    damage.

    *Chains*

    S. JAB, S. STRONG, C. ROUNDHOUSE
    C. SHORT, C. ROUNDHOUSE
    C. SHORT, C. FORWARD, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. STRONG, C. FORWARD, FIREBALL

    The old SF2 combo is still there. It isn't a chain combo, so you
    do have to time it differently than chain combos.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. JAB, S. STRONG, FIREBALL

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. SHORT, C. SHORT, C. FORWARD, FIREBALL

    Similar to another old SF2 combo, you can now insert a couple
    C. SHORT kicks since they chain with the C. FORWARD.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. FORWARD, SHINKUU HADOUKEN SC

    The easiest combo to put the Shinkuu Hadouken SC into. As
    described before, practice putting the FORWARD kick in during
    the QCF motions.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. SHORT, C. SHORT, C. FORWARD, SHINKUU HADOUKEN SC

    * RYU'S TOUCH OF DEATH *

    The ultimate Ryu combo, this will do *heavy* damage at Level 2 or
    3. I recommend putting extra money in the machine and playing a
    standing-still opponent to get good at this combo. On the
    heavy-damage machine I've been playing on recently, this combo
    automatically kills your opponent at Level 3. On a normal
    damage machine, it might do something like 70% damage.


    SIDE NOTE: It is possible for Ryu to trip-up an opponent with a
    ROUNDHOUSE sweep and hit them with a Shinkuu Hadouken on the way
    down. However, anytime you can get a RH sweep, you can usually
    FORWARD sweep instead and tack-on the SC on the ground, giving
    you full hits and damage. The Shinkuu Hadouken can only hit an
    airborne opponent twice, so its damage potential is limited.

    Basically, Ryu has not changed much from SSF2T. With the ability to
    throw multiple Shinkuu Hadoukens per round, Ryu can gain considerable
    ground superiority. However, there are many, MANY moves designed to
    avoid and retaliate against fireballs.

    Anti-Fireball Moves:
    *Ryu- Shinkuu Hadouken SC
    *Ken- Ground Roll, Shoryureppa SC
    *Sagat- Tiger Cannon SC, Tiger Knee
    *Chun Li- Axe Kick, TBK SC
    *Charlie- Sonic Blade SC
    *Birdie- Chain Grab SC
    *Adon- Jaguar Kick/Jaguar Tooth/Jaguar Revolver SC
    *Guy- Bushin Leap/Bushin Jump SC
    *Sodom- Slide
    *Rose- Slide/Soul Reflect
    *Akuma- Take your pick...
    *M. Bison- Demon Stomp
    *Dan- none

    When playing Ryu, keep these moves in mind for each character and try
    to minimize their threat. Remember that standard fireball traps will
    not work against many characters, so be very careful when trying to
    corner your opponent.


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    3.2) KEN
    --------

    "Now you understand the difference between us!"
    -Ken, SFA

    Ken is fighting for a re-match with his long-time friend and rival,
    Ryu. (By the way, Ken's last name is Masters.)

    Starting Pose: Ken throws two punches, then beckons his opponent
    closer with his fingers. You can see the cocky look
    on his face.
    Winning Pose #1: Ken runs his fingers through his hair, looks at the
    players, smiles, does a thumbs-up, and says
    "Yattaze!"
    Winning Pose #2: Ken raises his fist in triumph.

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + punch
    O O

    Ken blocks the attack and does a fierce Dragon Punch.

    Ken's AC is identical to Ryu's. Because it is a DP move, it has
    excellent priority and speed. It also will leave you wide open
    if you miss with it.

    *Taunt*

    #1 Identical to winning pose #1.
    #2 Ken beckons his opponent closer with his fingers, similar to
    his starting pose.

    *Overhead Axe Kick*

    --O + FORWARD

    Ken lifts his leg straight up and slams it down on his opponent
    for 2 hits. This is an overhead hit.

    The axe kick has good recovery, but it is also a very predictable
    overhead hits in the game because of its strange animation.
    Still, it is useful for getting around your opponent's defense.

    *Standing Forward Kick*

    S. FORWARD

    Ken throws a spinning side kick to the high section. Not really a
    special move, but it hits twice and is great for combos. It can
    sometimes hit opponents out of the air, too.

    *Flying Neck Kick*

    J. FORWARD

    Kind of a funky flying front kick, it's identical to his kick in
    SSF2T. Although this kick doesn't damage that much, it has good
    priority and excellent neck kick potential.

    *Shin Kick*

    S. ROUNDHOUSE

    Ken does a spinning side kick to the shin area. It possesses good
    range.

    This awesome kick definitely helps Ken a lot by giving him quick,
    mid-range striking power. Excellent in ground games when your
    opponent refuses to jump.

    *Fireball*

    | \ --O + punch
    O O

    Standard fireball.

    *Hurricane Kick*

    | / O-- + kick
    O O

    Goes over fireballs and Charlie's Sonic Boom. Hits multiple
    times, much better than it did in SSF2T.

    Use this move in combos to score multiple hits and push your
    opponent back far. Also use it in the air for attack priority.

    *Dragon Punch*

    --O | \ + punch
    O O

    The Fierce DP hits up to three times and sets the opponent on
    fire. Difficult to air-block. As with Ryu's DP, Ken's is
    invincible during the first few frames of animation. Afterwards,
    the DP causes less damage and is no longer invulnerable.

    As usual, the Fierce DP (the flaming version) should only be used
    for ground combos, since it only hits aerial opponents once and
    causes miniscule damage.

    *Ground Roll*

    | / O-- + punch
    O O

    Ken tucks into a ball and rolls forward. The length of the roll
    is determined by the button pressed. Good for evading
    projectiles. Note that this roll is identical to anyone else's
    recovery roll, except now with Ken you can roll whenever you want,
    not just after being knocked down.

    This is the move that makes the new Ken so awesome to play. It
    is not invulnerable, but it allows Ken to:

    A) Go under all projectiles (including Sagat's Low Tiger)
    You can react to fireballs from the correct range, even
    Ryu's fireballs. You can sweep or DP as you come out of
    the roll, or try a SC if you are close enough.

    B) Roll under some rushing SC's
    Not particularly consistent, but it saves your butt
    sometimes.

    C) Roll to the opposite side of your opponent quickly.
    One NASTY trick is to start a combo, insert the roll into
    the combo, and then perform a SC just as you reach the other
    side. It is very quick, and you can often catch your opponent
    just before they have time to switch their block.

    Basically, make the roll an unexpected surprise when you have the
    opportunity, and make it count. Oh yeah, and don't roll against
    janitors (sweepers).

    *Super Combo #1*
    Shoryureppa

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Ken does multiple Dragon Punches in a row. Same as his SSF2T SC.

    Level 1: 2 jumps, 4 hits.
    Level 2: 2 jumps, 6 hits.
    Level 3: 3 jumps with flaming fist, 8 hits.

    This SC has excellent range on the ground. You can snag
    opponents from sweeping range, and it combos very well with a
    FORWARD kick (see how to do Ryu's combo with the Shinkuu Hadoken.)
    Not recommended against jumpers unless they are cornered, since
    the SC will only hit them once or twice.

    Note that the Shoryureppa is only invincible during the start of
    each rise. It is vulnerable as Ken is coming down from each DP as
    well as when he is high up.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Shinryuken

    | \ --O | \ --O + kick
    O O O O

    Ken does a vertical Dragon Punch, spinning around as he goes.
    Unlike the Shoryureppa, if the Shinryuken is blocked, Ken will
    recover fast enough to defend against counterattacks.

    Level 1: 6 hits
    Level 2: 10 hits
    Level 3: 14 hits

    (Note that players are in the habit of tapping the buttons as the
    SC hits the opponent. Supposedly it's to score more hits, but I
    have seen no difference whether you tap the buttons or not. I
    guess it wouldn't hurt to tap the buttons, though.)

    This is Ken's most devastating move and it should be used whenever
    possible. Since this is a vertical Dragon Punch, you either have
    to combo it in or get close enough to ambush your opponent. It
    works pretty well against jumpers at Level 2 or 3, but you have
    to be sure to hit your opponent as low to the ground with it as
    possible to get sufficent hits and damage.

    *Chains*

    S. JAB, S. STRONG, C. ROUNDHOUSE
    C. JAB, C. SHORT, C. FORWARD, C. or S. ROUNDHOUSE
    (Ending this combo with a C. ROUNDHOUSE will knock your opponent
    down, but a S. ROUNDHOUSE has better range.)
    C. JAB, C. SHORT, S. FORWARD

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. STRONG, C. FORWARD, FIREBALL

    Standard SF2 combo. It is not a chain combo, so the timing is
    more precise than other combos.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. SHORT, C. or S. FORWARD, DRAGON PUNCH

    Decent damage and easy to perform.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. SHORT, C. or S. FORWARD, HURRICANE KICK

    This easy-to-perform combo can score up to eight hits and
    requires little practice to master. However, this will not work
    against some crouching opponents, since the HK will just sail
    right over them.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. STRONG, FIERCE DRAGON PUNCH

    A nice, easy 5-hitter from SF2 that does excellent damage. Make
    sure you are close for this one.

    J. FORWARD, C. or S. JAB, S. SHORT, S. FORWARD, HURRICANE KICK

    Not really a combo you'd use everyday, but it's an example of
    Ken's amazing combo potential. Make sure that you execute the HK
    before the S. FORWARD lands its second hit.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. SHORT, S. FORWARD, GROUND ROLL, SHINRYUKEN SC

    Not a combo, this series of moves is a good example of how you
    can incorporate the Ground Roll into your routine to screw your
    opponent up. You have to buffer the Ground Roll early-on in the
    S. FORWARD kick. Note that this combo will also work with a
    Shoryureppa SC.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. SHORT, C. or S. FORWARD, SHINRYUKEN SC

    This is easier to perform than Ryu's Shinkuu Hadouken SC because
    Ken's SC sucks the opponent in easier. Excellent damage. Again,
    you may substitute the Shoryureppa for the ending SC.

    Thanks to Ken's new kicks, he has many other combos as well.
    Experiment! The combos that will suit you best will be the ones that
    you create yourself, of course.

    As for fireballs, mix them in with Ken's S. RH and other attacks. Be
    unpredictable. Push your opponent back. Use that nasty roll move to
    confuse and ambush your opponent. :)

    Also, be aware that Ken's flying FORWARD kick can neck kick his
    opponent easily. Use this occasionally to throw your opponent
    off-balance. Make sure you have a SC charged-up so that you can
    take maximum advantage of the hit. A good combo in this situation
    would be J. FORWARD, C. JAB, C. SHORT, C. FORWARD, SHORYUREPPA SC.

    Just in case you have trouble deciding whether to use Ryu or Ken
    against an opponent, here is a list of some of their general
    differences:

    - Ryu is more of a cold, solid fighter, while Ken concentrates
    more on combos and flash.

    - While Ken allows more freedom of play and creativity, Ryu is
    played more mechanically.

    - Ryu usually knock opponents down in a single hit, while Ken's
    attacks leave the opponent standing, allowing combos to score
    more hits.

    - If you are an old-schooler who's an expert in the fireball trap,
    Ryu is the more appropriate choice because of his knockdown
    abilities, valuable for pushing opponents into the corner.

    - If you like to mix up fireballs, DP's, chain combos, long-
    distance fighting, and close-in brawling, Ken's your man.


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    3.3) SAGAT
    ----------

    "Accept your weakness. Never return here!"
    -Sagat, SFA

    Sagat seeks a rematch with Ryu, the young fighter who stripped him of
    his title and scarred his chest in the first Street Fighter
    tournament.

    Starting Pose #1: Sagat stands and laughs at his opponent.
    Starting Pose #2: Before fighting Ryu, Sagat's scar on his chest
    glows, and Sagat winces in pain.
    Winning Pose #1: Sagat crosses his arms over his chest and laughs.
    Winning Pose #2: Sagat puts his hand to his chin in his "thinker's
    pose." He looks at his opponent and grins.

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + kick
    O O

    Sagat throws a standing forward kick which smacks the opponent
    clear across the screen. Good horizontal range. Use it to smack
    out of corner traps.

    *Taunt*

    Identical to winning pose #2.

    *Low Tiger Shot*

    | \ --O + kick
    O O

    Note that the Low Tiger Shot can be buffered by a C. FORWARD kick.

    *High Tiger Shot*

    | \ --O + punch
    O O

    Sagat's arms stick out ANNOYINGLY far. This fact, combined with
    his increased height, allow most opponents to either jump over
    the Tiger Shot to hit him from afar or simply nail him on the
    ground after the Tiger Shot passes overhead. Use with
    extreme caution.

    I like to throw a slow High Tiger Shot from time to time when the
    opponent is across the screen. This usually keeps him grounded.

    *Tiger Blow* (formerly Tiger Uppercut)

    --O | \ + punch
    O O

    Hits up to 1, 3 and 7 times, depending on the button used.

    Although Sagat's Tiger Blow hits much better than in SSF2T, it
    still isn't such a hot move because of its pathetic priority. You
    may want to use a S. ROUNDHOUSE or Tiger Crush instead.

    However, seven (potential) hits is nothing to scoff at. Try using
    it in combos for good results. Also, note that the first hit is
    the one that causes the most damage. Thus, if you throw a Fierce
    TB, you won't cause much damage if only the last six hits connect.
    That deep first hit is the key.

    *Tiger Crush* (formerly Tiger Knee)

    --O | \ + kick
    O O

    Hits up to 2 times.

    This move can be used as an anti-air defense if your opponent
    jumps in from afar, thinking that he will trade or knock you out
    of a Tiger Blow. The RH version also goes over fast projectiles.
    Do this from medium range to set your opponent up for a Tiger
    Raid or Genocide SC.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Tiger Genocide

    | \ --O | \ --O + kick
    O O O O

    Sagat does a Tiger Knee followed by a Tiger Uppercut. Goes
    through fireballs at all Levels.

    Level 1: 5 hits.
    Level 2: 9 hits.
    Level 3: 13 hits.

    This SC goes through fireballs very well and has excellent reach.
    However, if you miss or get blocked, you are totally vulnerable
    coming down from the uppercut.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Tiger Cannon

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Sagat does a High Tiger Shot that goes through projectiles.
    It loses 1 hit for every projectile it goes through.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 5 hits.
    Level 3: 6 hits.

    This is similar to Ryu's Shinkuu Hadouken. However, it travels
    much higher in the air than Ryu's SC fireball. Thus, the Tiger
    Cannon cannot hit crouchers, making it impossible to do all of
    the nifty ambush techniques that Ryu can do with his SC
    projectile. However, this SC is good for using against
    projectile-happy opponents.

    *Super Combo #3*
    Tiger Raid

    | / O-- | / O-- + kick
    O O O O

    Sagat does several standing kicks and ends with a flying straight
    kick.

    Level 1: 5 hits
    Level 2: 6 hits
    Level 3: 7 hits, final kick is a flaming kick.

    The advantage of this SC is that it has excellent recovery. The
    disadvantage is that it has less initial reach than the Tiger
    Genocide. In the corner, you can follow-up the Tiger Raid SC
    with a Tiger Blow for 12-14 hits.

    *Chains*

    S. JAB, S. STRONG, S. ROUNDHOUSE
    S. JAB, S. STRONG, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. or C. STRONG, TIGER BLOW
    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. FORWARD, LOW TIGER SHOT
    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. JAB, S. STRONG, TIGER CRUSH
    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. FORWARD, TIGER GENOCIDE

    Basically, Sagat has lost most or all of his corner-trap abilities.
    You have to play him very carefully, without relying on the Tiger
    Blow. Use a standing RH or Tiger Crush instead of the Tiger Blow
    unless you are SURE that you can get a deep, close-in, clean hit
    with the Tiger Blow.


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    3.4) CHUN-LI
    ------------

    "I don't have time for amateurs!"
    -Chun Li, SFA

    Chun Li is on a mission for the government to arrest M. Bison for drug
    trafficking. She also has personal motives behind her search for the
    crime lord. (By the way, Chun means "spring" and Li means
    "beautiful.")

    Starting Pose: Chun Li lifts her heel behind her leg and checks to
    see that her shoe fits.
    Winning Pose #1: Chun Li jumps up and down with excitement, laughs,
    then lifts her hand and says "Yatta!"
    Winning Pose #2: Chun Li looks at her fallen opponent, then crosses
    her arms in front of herself and bows to the players.
    Winning Pose #3: Chun Li throws three kicks in place, then retracts
    her kicking foot, knee still up, and stays in a one-
    foot fighting pose. Looks very sharp.
    Winning Pose #4: When Chun Li wins a perfect round, she smiles at her
    opponent, hand up by her cheek, and says "Gomen Ne!"
    , identical to her taunt.

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + kick
    O O

    Chun Li throws a crouching forward kick.

    Because this AC hits so low, you have to time it perfectly if you
    want to hit jumpers with it. It takes some practice, but it's
    not too hard.

    *Taunt*

    Chun Li puts her hand up by her cheek and says "Gomen Ne!"
    in a cutesy voice that makes it sound as if she's talking
    to a child.

    This is the only taunt in the game that hits your opponent. It
    even takes off block-damage! Use this as an ultimate humiliation
    finish.

    *Stomp*

    In air, | + FORWARD
    O

    This move now knocks opponents down. Plus, you can chain up to
    three stomps in a row.

    *Knee Flip*

    \ + kick
    O

    Try using this as a short leap over projectiles.

    *Split Kick*

    --O \ | / O-- + kick
    O O O

    Chun Li does an upside-down split (like half of a SBK from SF2),
    then flips with her leg crashing down on her opponent. This is
    an overhead hit. Goes through fireballs if timed perfectly
    (which is tricky, especially for slow projectiles).

    Because this move has excellent recovery, use it to move-in on
    your opponent and try to confuse them. Buffer it in with Chun's
    crouching and standing FORWARD kicks to make your opponent change
    their block often. Be careful about doing this against
    characters with DP-type moves, however, as you can be DP'd during
    the flip animation right before you hit your opponent. The SHORT
    Split Kick is a bit faster than the other 2 versions, so use that
    version when you are very close-in. Use the others for
    longer-range attacks.

    If you connect with the kick, you unfortunately cannot combo
    any move afterwords. However, because of the good recovery of
    this move, Chun can pretty much start kicking again without her
    opponent being able to retaliate. Mix-in crouching FORWARDs,
    consecutive Split Kicks, fakes, and throws to keep your opponent
    really confused.

    As a side note, the Split Kick can go through SC projectiles.
    I've caught MANY a Ryu my surprise by walking right up to the SC
    projectile, Split Kicking right through it, and smacking the
    dumbfounded Ryu in the face. Not something you can pull-off
    repeatedly, but it's pretty fun to watch. :)

    *Lightning Kick*

    Tap kick repeatedy

    The Lightning Kick doesn't do very much block-damage now, but it
    is still useful in combos. The RH version hits 4-5 times, but is
    nearly impossible to get started on the fly.

    *Kikouken*

    Charge O-- --O + punch

    Chun Li's projectile. It now has an unlimited range. Plus, Chun
    Li no longer stays in that degrading stance from SSF2T.

    There is now a substantial delay in the opening frames of the
    Kikoken animation. Not only does this make it harder to catch
    opponents by surprise, it is a huge flag, allowing most opponents
    to jump the projectile and nail Chun easily. Use this move
    CAREFULLY.

    *Rising Spin Kick*

    Charge | O + kick
    O |

    Hits 1, 2, or 3 times, depending on button used.

    This move has great air priority and is almost never air-blocked.
    It moves at about a 75 degree angle, so you might miss opponents
    who are directly overhead. This move goes very well with combos,
    if you can pull it off.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Thousand Burst Kick

    Charge O-- --O O-- --O + kick

    Almost identical to the SSF2T version. Chun Li rushes in with a
    series of kicks on the ground and end with a Lightning Kick.

    Level 1: 5 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits.
    Level 3: 7 hits.

    This SC goes through fireball at all Levels, but the positioning
    for going through a projectile with the Level 1 TBK is very
    precise. You must be RIGHT up next to the projectile to go
    through it, and you may not be able to go through some JAB
    projectiles. The Level 2 and 3 TBK's have much more horizontal
    range and superior fireball invulnerability. This SC can be
    linked with other SC's in the corner, as described later on.

    Unfortunately, Chun seems to have a problem with slides being
    able to knock her out of the TBK. Be careful when using it
    against Rose, Guy, and Sodom.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Spinning Shadow Kick

    Charge / \ / O + kick
    O O O |

    Chun does a hyped-up version of her Rising Spin Kick. Used in
    the same manner as the normal RSK.

    Level 1: 5 hits
    Level 2: 6 hits
    Level 3: 7 hits

    *Super Combo #3*
    Power Storm

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Chun Li summons a massive burst of energy in front of her that
    does excellent damage to jumpers.

    Level 1: 5 hits.
    Level 2: 7 hits.
    Level 3: 10 hits.

    This move has great anti-air priority and does excellent damage
    for a Level 1 SC. Use it as an instantaneous anti-air defense.
    Be very careful about using it on the ground since Chun's feet
    are not invulnerable to sweeps.

    *Chains*

    S. JAB, S. STRONG, S. FIERCE
    S. JAB, C. or S. STRONG, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. FORWARD, RISING SPIN KICK

    This is probably the best jump-in combo Chun-Li has. It does
    good damage, and it knocks her opponent down, giving her the
    positional advantage. Of course, this is also a very tough
    combo to pull off, so practice.

    (Corner) THOUSAND BURST KICK, POWER STORM, SPINNING SHADOW KICK

    Although I have only gotten the first 2 hits of this combo,
    people on the Net have vouched for its complete existence.
    To get the Power Storm, you have to start the 2 X QCF motion
    during the TBK and end it _just_ as you come out of the TBK.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. or C. JAB, S. or C. STRONG, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. JAB, S. STRONG, S. FIERCE

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. or C. JAB, S. or C. STRONG, KIKOKEN or TBK

    What Chun-Li has lost in ground kick priority and power she makes up
    for with air priority. Her jumping kicks have priority against
    almost any move short of a Dragon Punch. Use this along with FORWARD
    kicks and Split Kicks to push your opponent back and corner them.

    Chun Li has exceptionally good throw priority and range. USE THIS
    TO YOUR ADVANTAGE! Forget what your opponents might think about
    "cheap" Chun-Li. Chun's throws and ground speed are a major
    advantage. Make sure you use them; and, if your opponents start
    getting mad and try to tick you, it's as easy as pie to counter-
    throw.


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    3.5) CHARLIE
    ------------

    "Be all you can be, scumbag!"
    -Charlie, SFA

    Charlie is on a mission for the military to bring down the notorious
    drug lord, M. Bison. (In Japan, Charlie is known as Nash. Perhaps
    his full name is Charlie Nash.)

    Starting Pose: Charlie takes off his glasses.
    Winning Pose #1: Charlie writes his opponent's name on a list of
    victims.
    Winning Pose #2: Charlie turns his back to the screen. He swats the
    tip of his bangs as he waves his hand and says "Too
    easy!"
    Winning Pose #3: Charlie tugs at his jacket and says "Hmph!"

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + punch
    O O

    Charlie does a spinning backfist.

    This AC is fairly slow. Don't expect it to hit jumpers all the
    time. Instead, use it to gain position on your opponent. Its
    good range helps Charlie nail anyone trying to corner him or
    throw a fireball nearby.

    *Taunt*

    Identical to winning pose #1. Note that he writes on his list of
    victims BEFORE he wins the match. ;)

    *Jumping Back Kick* {Jumping Sobat (Jumping Sole Butt?)}

    O-- or --O, + FORWARD

    Charlie takes a small leap forward and kicks in the air. This is
    an overhead hit.

    It appears that Capcom improved the recovery of this move a bit.
    It is an overhead hit with good range, so use it occasionally to
    catch your opponent off-guard. You can keep a backwards charge
    while performing this move, so try ambushing your opponent by
    using a Crossfire Blitz SC after landing.

    *Stepping Side Kick*

    O-- or --O, + ROUNDHOUSE

    Charlie skips forward and thrusts a side kick to the mid-section.

    This move has good horizontal range, and you can keep a charge
    while doing it. Very good for pushing opponents back.

    *Sonic Boom*

    Charge O-- --O + punch

    This is a bit higher than Guile's SB, so Guy, Rose, and Sodom can
    slide underneath all but the jab SB. Remember that Ryu and Ken
    can still HK over it.

    If you are having trouble with opponents sliding underneath the
    Boom, try using the JAB version to catch them as they slide.

    *Flash Kick* {Somersault Shell}

    Charge | O + kick
    O |

    The ROUNDHOUSE version can hit twice. However, this move can now
    be air-blocked

    If your opponent air-blocks your FK, you will be _wide_ open for
    a counterattack. However, there are two remedies to this serious
    drawback:

    - Use the SHORT FK. Charlie will be able to recover better from
    a SHORT FK than from a FORWARD or RH one. (In other words,
    don't be tempted to use a RH FK just because it hits twice.)

    - Throw the FK late. I noticed that if I throw a late FK,
    people never seem to be able to air-block it. I've also
    noticed that if I jump in against a computer Charlie, he
    always throws a late FK that I can never defend against.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Sonic Break

    Charge O-- --O O-- --O + punch for EACH projectile released

    Charlie lets out multiple Sonic Booms. The timing is so that you
    can let them out one right after the other or wait up to 3/4 of a
    second before releasing the next Boom.

    Level 1: 2 projectiles.
    Level 2: 3 projectiles.
    Level 3: 4 projectiles.

    This SC is not particularly useful. You can try and catch
    fireballers close-in with it, but it does a really small amount
    of damage, even at Level 3 (which translates to a waste of your
    Super Meter). In fact, you could probably get the same amount of
    damage against a close-in fireballer just by AC'ing, and that
    doesn't even need a charge.

    I usually use the Sonic Break to get block-damage in the corner
    when my opponent is nearly dead. Keep in mind that the Sonic
    Break projectiles _can_ be air-blocked.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Somersault Justice

    Charge / \ / O + kick
    O O O |

    Charlie does multiple Flash Kicks in a row. This CANNOT be air-
    blocked, unlike his normal Flash Kick.

    Level 1: Two FK's, 5 hits.
    Level 2: Two FK's, 7 hits.
    Level 3: Three FK's, 9 hits.

    This is a really useful SC, especially in the corner. It cannot
    be air-blocked, so you can catch many jumpers who think they are
    safe jumping in on Charlie. At Level 3 this SC will suck an
    opponent in from a phenominal distance. Use this to counter
    close-in attacks or fireballs.

    *Super Combo #3*
    Crossfire Blitz

    Charge O-- --O O-- --O + kick

    Charlie rushes forward with multiple kicks and punches. Level 1
    does not go through fireballs, but Levels 2 and 3 do.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 5 hits.
    Level 3: 6 hits.

    Used mainly as a close-in ground attack. Since Level 1 does not
    go through projectiles, only use it to counter close-in ground
    attacks. To counter projectiles use the Sonic Break or an AC
    instead.

    *Chains*

    C. JAB, C. SHORT, S. or C. STRONG, S. FIERCE
    C. JAB, S. or C. STRONG, S. FIERCE

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. SHORT, C. STRONG, SONIC BOOM or FLASH KICK

    These 2 combos are the most-used for Charlie. If you are in
    the corner, you can insert a C. JAB at the beginning of the
    ground part of the combo.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. SHORT, C. STRONG, SOMERSAULT JUSTICE

    Your basic SC combo. Since Charlie has to charge for the SC,
    it basically has to be comboed with an aerial attack. It's
    probably the only time you'll ever get to use it.

    Let's face it, Charlie isn't the nightmare that Guile used to be.
    Because he has to charge his main weapon, the Sonic Boom, he doesn't
    play well to the rapid, back-and-forth, high-offense style of SFA.
    Basically, charging the Boom makes him too predictable, especially
    with all of the anti-projectile attacks in SFA. Here's what
    characters can do to Charlie's Sonic Boom attempts:

    Ryu: If Ryu has a Shinkuu Hadouken charged, forget trying to throw
    a Boom anywhere near Ryu. Since you have to charge the Boom,
    it is very predictable when you will be releasing it. Ryu
    also has the HK to rely on, as that move now goes over the
    Sonic Boom easily.
    Ken: He can roll under the Boom, but you will usually recover in
    time to not get hit.
    Sagat: He can't do much except jump-in, but he can do so pretty
    safely because of his long, reaching legs. If Sagat has a
    SC charged, however, he can nail Charlie on reaction with
    a Tiger Cannon easily.
    Chun: She can Split Kick through your Booms. She can TBK right
    through them in the corner. Chun can also simply jump over
    them and kick, and there's little you can do to knock her out
    of these jump attacks. Thus, you can get cornered rather
    easily when fighting Chun-Li.
    Birdie: Birdie can Leaping Chain Grab any Sonic Boom easily.
    Adon: The Jaguar Kick and Jaguar Tooth both work well against a
    Boom attack.
    Guy: Guy can slide underneath Booms close-up, or he can Bushin
    Run with a slide kick underneath them from medium to far
    range.
    Sodom: Sodom can slide under Booms easily and recover instantly.
    Rose: She can slide underneath Booms with great recovery, as well
    as reflect Booms back in your face.

    As you can see, most characters have some method of dealing with
    Charlie's Booms rather well. All I can recommend is try as hard
    as possible to be unpredictable and attempt to corner your opponent
    if you can. If your opponent has an anti-fireball SC charged-up,
    try throwing a Sonic Boom just far enough so that you will recover
    before getting hit. You can do this to try and trick your opponent
    into wasting a SC.

    Finally, if you plan on playing Charlie like you played Guile in SF2,
    be prepared to lose. While Guile relied on turtle tactics and corner
    patterns, Charlie has to rely on unpredictability and offensive
    combos.


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    3.6) BIRDIE
    -----------

    "It's good to be back!"
    -Birdie, SFA

    Birdie is fighting in the tournament to prove himself worthy of
    entering Shadaloo.

    Starting Pose: Birdie yawns.
    Winning Pose #1: Birdie combs his bullethole mohawk twice. After a
    while, his hair loses the mohawk shape, and Birdie
    groans in disappointment.
    Winning Pose #2: Birdie licks the chains around his arms. If he won
    the entire match, he utters, "I'm number one!"

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + punch
    O O

    Birdie does a jab Headbutt Rush.

    This AC has decent range, but it's the slowest AC in the game.
    Be VERY careful when trying to AC a Super Combo. I've gotten
    knocked out of the AC animation several times.

    *Taunt*

    Birdie licks the chains around his arms. Tasty!

    *Overhead Axe Kick*

    S. ROUNDHOUSE

    Birdie lifts his leg to a height no higher than his chest. He
    then brings his heel down in an overhead hit. Very slow and poor
    range, but at least you know now that Birdie has an overhead hit.

    *Headbutt Rush* {Bull Head}

    Charge O-- --O + punch

    Birdie rushes forward with a Headbutt. Distance is determined
    by the button used. Using a long-range Headbutt Rush on a close
    opponent will cause a move stun, allowing the opponent to counter
    the move.

    Remember that you have to use the proper range Headbutt, or you
    will get a stun delay afterwords. Use this move to keep your
    opponent from getting anywhere close to you. The JAB version is
    *very* quick and good for this. There is a small area between
    the ranges of the JAB and STRONG Headbutts where your opponent
    can "safely" stand. A JAB Headbutt will miss them, and a STRONG
    Headbutt will produce a move stun. Be aware of this critical
    area and keep your opponent out of it.

    All of the Headbutts have EXCELLENT anti-air priority. When you
    are charging the Turn-Around Headbutt with the STRONG and FIERCE
    buttons, you can use the JAB Headbutt Rush as a good anti-air
    alternative to the standing FIERCE.

    *Turn-Around Headbutt* {Bull Horn}

    Hold any 2 punch or 2 kick buttons and release

    Similar to Balrog's Turn-Around Punch, Birdie is nearly
    invulnerable as he turns back before thrusting forward. As in
    SSF2T and Balrog's TAP, you can increase the damage and range of
    Birdie's TAH by holding down the buttons longer.

    Notice that you can also charge up two TAH's at once. Thus, I
    like to start matches by charging up two TAH's. As soon as the
    announcer says "Fight!", I release one and still have the other
    charging.

    To take advantage of Birdie's initial invulnerability, try and
    fight close-in and release the TAH right when you opponent
    attacks. Your opponent's attack will sail right through Birdie's
    feet, and you will then nail your opponent. Your main objective
    with this move is to hit your opponent deep. Don't just settle
    for blocking damage, go for the hit! Once you connect you can
    combo-in a Chain Grab for serious damage. You should try this
    every time you get a successful hit with the TAH.

    Since you have to hit kinda deep to combo-in the Chain Grab, you
    should use either the STRONG and FIERCE buttons or the JAB and
    STRONG buttons to charge the TAH with. The latter is more
    uncomfortable for right-handed players, but it keeps your FIERCE
    button free for anti-air defense. If you use the 2 punch buttons
    for convenience, you can use a standing ROUNDHOUSE or a JAB
    Headbutt Rush as substitute anti-air attacks.

    *Chain Grab* {Murderer Chain}

    / | \ --O O + punch
    O O O /

    Birdie wraps his chains around his opponent and slams them into
    the ground twice. (Apparently, Birdie says "Go ... to heaven"
    while doing the Chain Grab.)

    This move does excellent damage. Your main strategy should
    revolve around getting opportunities to use this attack. You
    need to be UTTERLY, TOTALLY CHEAP with this move. That means
    getting jump-ins and ticking like _mad_ with this move. If you
    have your opponent in the corner, you will be able to get
    another jump-in after each successful Chain grab. You have to
    be a total, rampaging nightmare with this move. Because there
    are ways of escaping Chain Grab ticks, you need to vary how you
    tick with each jump-in. Since each tick requires different
    timing to counter, you can keep your opponent totally confused
    and petrified, not knowing how you will attack each time. There
    3 main jump-in ticks you can use:

    1) J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. SHORT, CHAIN GRAB
    This is the one I use most often. Properly timed, it is hard
    to counter.
    2) J. ROUNDHOUSE, CHAIN GRAB
    If your opponent starts countering the first tick, use the
    Chain Grab early by skipping the S. SHORT. This usually
    throws off your opponent's timing really well.
    3) FAKE J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. JAB, C. SHORT, CHAIN GRAB
    Actually, you can do all sorts of variations on this tick.
    The fake normally confuses people to no end, and you usually
    are safe doing it since opponents usually are petrified to
    even move against a jumping-in Birdie.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Leaping Chain Grab {Bull Revenger}

    | \ --O | \ --O + button
    O O O O

    Birdie leaps *very* quickly into the air and performs a Chain Grab
    as he lands. The distance Birdie leaps is determined by the
    button pressed, JAB being the shortest and ROUNDHOUSE being the
    farthest.

    Level 1: Birdie does one slam with the Chain Grab.
    Level 2: Birdie does 2 slams with the Chain Grab.
    Level 3: Birdie does 2 slams and a Headbutt Rush.

    This is the ultimate anti-fireball move. Use it as such. Squash
    any fireball attempt with this SC. If your opponent dares throw
    a SC projectile, simply buffer the motions for the SC during your
    opponent's SC animation. You will be able to perform your SC
    before your opponent's SC projectile even has a chance to start
    flying.

    The button you use determines the distance Birdie leaps. The
    Leap is kind of self-guiding (especially for the long-range
    leaps), so you don't have to memorize how far each button takes
    you. Use the JAB (or STRONG) Leap for extreme close-in attacks,
    the SHORT Leap for fireballers half-screen's length away and
    slightly under, and the ROUNDHOUSE Leap for anything half-screen
    and beyond. This covers 95% of all the times you will need to
    use the SC.

    Another tactic is to use a Headbutt Rush or TAH. As you are
    recovering, if you feel that your opponent will try to fireball or
    sweep, perform the SC _right_ after you recover. Your opponent's
    attack will miss and you will grab them while they are in a move
    stun. This requires you hitting your opponent at exactly the right
    distance, so be carefull when trying it.

    You can also try using the JAB Leap against jumpers. Just back-
    off slightly and Leap. Any jump kicks will pass right through
    Birdie, and, if timed properly, Birdle will land to catch them
    just as they land.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Mega Headbutt Rush {The Birdie}

    Charge O-- --O O-- --O + punch

    Birdie does several Headbutt Rushes in a row. Level 1 does not
    go through fireballs, but Levels 2 and 3 do.

    Level 1: 3 Headbutt Rushes.
    Level 2: 4 Headbutt Rushes.
    Level 3: Birdie does 3 Headbutts. If all 3 hit, then the
    opponent is automaticly dizzied, and Birdie takes time
    out to comb his hair. Birdie finishes with 2 more
    Headbutt Rushes.

    When fighting a non-projectile character, this SC is more useful
    than the Leaping Chain Grab. Use it against characters like
    Adon, Guy, and Rose since they like to try and poke 'n jab a lot.

    Note: If you land a Level 3 SC against the computer, the computer
    may recover from the dizzy before Birdie comes in with the last
    two hits.

    *Chains*

    C. JAB, C. SHORT
    S. SHORT, S. FIERCE

    *Combos*

    C. FIERCE, HEADBUTT RUSH

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. SHORT, S. FIERCE


    To play Birdie well is to play him cheap. Because of his extremely
    short and low jump, it is very hard to get clear jump-ins on your
    opponent. You need to take full advantage of any ticking opportunity
    you get. The Chain Grab does 25%+ damage, so it's well worth pulling
    off. Don't be afraid of being called "cheap", since this was the way
    Birdie was meant to be played.

    Birdie's anti-air defenses are excellent. The only character who has
    priority over his C. and S. FIERCE is Chun-Li. Otherwise, nobody can
    even dream of jumping-in on Birdie. Use this ability along with JAB
    Headbutt Charges and RH sweeps to push your opponent back into the
    corner. This is the main setup for repeated and deadly Chain Grab
    ticks which will win the game for Birdie.


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    3.7) ADON
    ---------

    "I am a Muay Thai master.
    You are sucking gravel."
    -Adon, SFA

    Adon is a former student of Sagat and is set on winning the title of
    World Warrior for himself.

    Starting Pose: With his hands on his head, Adon bobs it up and down
    (stretching his neck?), then extends a fist towards
    his opponent showing that he's ready to fight.
    Winning Pose #1: Adon gives his opponent the "thumbs-down" sign.
    Winning Pose #2: Adon leaps, performs a somersault, then takes off his
    brass hairloop and holds it up in victory.
    Winning Pose #3: Adon bobs his head up and down, then kneels and looks
    towards the sky with his arms outward in triumph.
    Winning Pose #4: Adon turns his back to the screen, holds his arms out
    to the side while flexing his muscles. He looks over
    his shoulder and smiles.
    Winning Pose #5: (Yes, Adon has FIVE winning poses.) He crosses his
    arms and laughs.

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + kick
    O O

    Adon does a Jaguar Knee. Decent horizontal range and great
    against jumpers.

    Although this AC is angled more vertically than horizontally, it
    instantaneously hits with no lag time whatsoever.

    *Taunt*

    Identical to winning pose #1.

    *Front Kick* {Jutting Kick}

    \ + FORWARD
    O

    Adon crouches and does a vertical front kick with excellent
    anti-air priority. Use it when you can't use a Jaguar Knee.

    *Jaguar Kick*

    O-- | / + kick
    O O

    Adon flips in the air and quickly kicks downward, creating an arc
    of energy.

    SHORT: Very quick, horizontal, short arc.
    FORWARD: Forward arc with greater height and distance.
    Excellent for going over projectiles.
    ROUNDHOUSE: High arc with little forward movement. Good for
    close-in attackers.

    This is Adon's main jabbing weapon. Use a combination of
    low attacks and SHORT Jaguar Kicks to push your opponent back
    into the corner. Use the FORWARD version to counter any
    close-to-mid-range fireball attack.

    *Jaguar Tooth*

    | / O-- + kick
    O O

    Adon leaps up to the corner of the screen and comes down quickly
    with a flying side kick. The SHORT version makes Adon kick at a
    near vertical angle, while the FORWARD and ROUNDHOUSE versions
    have more horizontal ranges.

    This move is particularly good against characters without a solid
    DP move. Use it to react to fireballs if you are far away. You
    will be able to glide in quickly, knocking your opponent out of
    most any ground-based attack.

    You can also try faking with this move. Try throwing a SHORT
    Jaguar Tooth and make your opponent whiff an anti-air move, then
    retaliate with a chain combo or SC.

    *Jaguar Knee* {Rising Jaguar}

    | \ --O O + kick
    O O /

    Like Sagat's Tiger Crush, but more "vertical". Hits twice.

    You have to be somewhat underneath your opponent not to get
    knocked out of this move, but it has great priority and damage.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Jaguar Assault {Jaguar Varied Assault}

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Adon charges with multiple fist attacks. Goes through fireballs
    at all Levels.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits, ends with Jaguar Knee.
    Level 3: 7 hits, ends with Jaguar Knee.

    This SC has excellent ground speed and range, and it cuts through
    fireballs with ease. Use it both as an anti-fireball move and
    while fighting close-in. Be careful when using the Level 2 or 3,
    since if it is blocked, Adon will not have time to block any
    counterattack. The Level 1 SC is safer since it doesn't have this
    weakness.

    Try this. Throw a Jaguar Kick, then the Jaguar Assault SC.
    Usually opponents will try and counterattack after you throw a
    Jaguar Kick, and that's when you catch them with their guard down.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Jaguar Revolver

    | / O-- | / O-- + kick
    O O O O

    Adon does multiple Jaguar Kicks in a row.

    Level 1: Two JK's, 3 hits.
    Level 2: Two JK's, 4 hits.
    Level 3: Three JK's, 6 hits.

    This move is good as both an anti-air defense (at high Levels) and
    as an anti-fireball move. If your opponent tries a SC projectile,
    you can buffer the motions for this SC and release it just as your
    opponent's SC starts.

    Be careful that you don't start this SC from close range. If you
    do, you're likely to jump right over your opponent and miss
    completely.

    *Chains*

    S. JAB, S. STRONG, S. ROUNDHOUSE
    S. JAB, S. STRONG, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. JAB, C. STRONG, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    Adon's standard chain combo. Use it when you jump-in or when
    you can hit your opponent on the ground.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. JAB, C. STRONG, JAGUAR ASSAULT

    This is the only SC combo Adon really has, but it is effective
    and does nice damage at all Levels.

    Adon is a very simple character to figure out. His strategy revolves
    around using his S. ROUNDHOUSE and Jaguar Kicks to push his opponent
    back, countering any jump-in or projectile that his opponent might
    use. A Jaguar Tooth every now and then can mix things up even more.

    However, the biggest temptation is to start playing Adon predictably
    and in patterns. This can easily draw an anti-air move or an Alpha
    Counter. Adon is particularly sensitive to AC's because of the way
    he attacks. This also means that Adon isn't effective when played at
    a slow speed setting. Furthermore, he does not possess any overhead
    attack, so an opponent who is in the lead can easily turtle up and AC
    anything that Adon throws.

    Therefore, the biggest challenge in mastering Adon is working around
    his weaknesses. This means that fakes are essential. Fake a RH
    Jaguar Tooth by throwing a SHORT version. Jump and fake a jump-in
    attack, then either sweep or walk up and throw.

    Adon also requires situational awareness. For example, you may
    anticipate when your opponent will throw a projectile (such as after
    he jumps back). Use a FORWARD Jaguar Kick as he throws the
    projectile. Or your opponent may try staying on the ground and
    throwing sweeps or poking kicks. Keep him at bay with the Jaguar
    Tooth, or just use your own S. ROUNDHOUSE which has excellent range.
    Nothing beats experience.

    Adon requires patience and a keen eye for making the most of any
    opportunity that arises. Adon is not a fancy character with a ton of
    cool combos or strategy. Instead, solid pressure and smart playing
    make him an effective character to play.


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    3.8) GUY
    --------

    Guy fights in the tournament as a test of personal strength and to
    defeat M. Bison.

    Starting Pose: Guy jumps in, kicking barrels out of his way.
    (reminiscent of Final Fight)
    Winning Pose #1: Guy stands and crosses his arms.
    Winning Pose #2: Guy turns his back to the screen, gives the Japanese
    two-fingered gesture, and says "Waruku Omouna."

    Winning Pose #3: Guy holds up one finger and says "Korezo, Bushinryu!"


    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + kick
    O O

    Guy does a crouching FORWARD kick.

    This AC hits very low, so you need to time it precisely to snag
    jumpers with it.

    *Taunt*

    Similar to winning pose #2, but Guy says nothing.

    *Overhead Elbow*

    --O + STRONG

    Guy yells briefly, then slams his elbow downward. This is an
    overhead hit.

    This overhead hit has great range and recovery. Mix it in with
    lots of sweeps and standing FORWARD kicks.

    *Elbow Drop*

    In air, | + STRONG
    O

    Guy sails downward with an elbow extended.

    Follow it up with a chain combo. You can also the Elbow Drop as a
    sort of neck-kick-type attack, where you drop down to the back of
    your opponent's neck.

    *Slide*

    C. ROUNDHOUSE

    Guy slides in with lead leg extended. Sometimes it will trip
    opponents up, other times it will not. It may depend on how far
    out the slide hit.

    Although the slide causes miniscule damage, the slide is very
    effective in harassing and annoying your opponents. Use it often.

    *Flip Kick*

    \ + ROUNDHOUSE
    O

    Guy steps and kicks, then flips away to safety. Hits up to two
    times.

    Although the flip kick is slow, it has good priority against
    ground opponents. It may have priority against slide kicks or
    sweeps.

    *Bushin Run*

    | \ --O + kick
    O O

    Guy starts running toward his opponent very quickly. The button
    you press determines what move you can end the run with.

    SHORT: Guy stops without attacking.
    FORWARD: "Kage Sukui"
    Guy does a running slide kick.
    ROUNDHOUSE: "Kubi Kari"
    Guy does a short jump-kick that is an overhead
    attack. Hits up to 2 times.

    To execute the move at the end of the run, simply push any kick
    button while running. Remeber, the move you end the run with is
    determined by the first kick button pressed, not the second. If
    you do not push the second button, Guy will automatically stop
    once he reaches his opponent.

    You have to be very careful when using this move. Although it
    is quick, each character has some type of move that can hit you
    out of the run if given the chance. You have to use it close-up
    and unexpectedly.

    ROUNDHOUSE: This will produce an overhead hitting jump kick.
    You can use it in combos easily. S. FIERCE, Bushin Run jump
    kick is a quick combo that will help dizzy an opponent very
    quickly. It is also part of Guy's corner re-dizzy combo,
    explained later on. However, the recovery off the RH Bushin
    Run might not be so good, so be careful.

    FORWARD: This makes Guy perform a running slide. This slide is
    excellent for catching your opponent off guard, since he will
    have to crouch-block on reaction. The slide will also go
    underneath Charlie's Sonic Boom and Rose's Soul Spark. The
    recovery is just as slow as the jump kick, but if you position
    it just right, you can recover before your opponent can hit
    you. This move can also be used in combos.

    SHORT: Using the SHORT version will make Guy stop the second
    time you hit a kick button. Basically, you use this version
    to either make your opponent whiff a DP-type move or to run
    up to someone and throw.

    Of course, if you don't press any kick button after he starts
    dashing, Guy will automatically stop once he reaches his opponent.
    That, of course, is asking for trouble.

    *Bushin Leap*

    | \ --O + punch
    O O

    Guy tucks into a ball and jumps quickly forward. Pressing a punch
    button anytime during the flight will cause Guy to stop in mid-air
    and fall down with a dropping elbow attack. If Guy is right above
    his opponent, pushing punch will cause Guy to pick his opponent up
    and perform a somersault backbreaker as he lands. The button
    pushed determines the angle of Guy's jump.

    If your opponent is performing any kind of special move, your
    throw priority range will automatically be increased to swoop
    them out of whatever move they are performing. This includes
    moves such as Sagat's Tiger Blow, Chun's Rising Spin Kick, and
    Charlie's Flash Kick.

    The FIERCE version is the only really useful version as the other
    two are much too high to be effective. You can use this move to
    counter any mid-range fireball. Be aware, however, that even the
    FIERCE version cannot catch opponents throwing projectiles from
    full distance. Thus, to use this move against projectile
    throwers, you must walk up and get within mid-range before
    executing the Leap.

    Another useful tactic is to tick with the Bushin leap by
    buffering it into another move. A good example would be C. JAB,
    C. FORWARD, Bushin Leap. This combo is explained in greater
    detail below.

    If you cannot get close enough to air-throw your opponent, you
    can perform a dropping elbow by hitting punch anytime during your
    flight. This elbow move has excellent priority, and you can combo
    other ground moves into it if you connect with it. The elbow drop
    is an overhead hit.

    Finally, you can use the Bushin Leap and throw your opponent as he
    is getting up from the ground. Very effective, but make sure your
    timing is precise.

    *Rising Spin Kick*

    | / O-- + kick
    O O

    Guy does a Hurricane Kick that floats up a short 45 degree
    distance. It has Dragon Punch-like priority. Hits 1, 2, or 3
    times, according to the button used.

    This move has a DP-like priority to it. Use it as such. The
    SHORT version of the kick hits low to the ground, making it good
    for countering close-in fireballers and deep jump attacks. The
    FORWARD and ROUNDHOUSE versions travel higher and hit more times,
    but they don't hit low to the ground, making them impossible to
    use in combos or for countering low attackers in the air or on the
    ground. However, sometimes I like to anticipate when my opponent
    will jump, then perform a ROUNDHOUSE Rising Spin Kick. It's
    risky, but it works.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Bushin Rage

    | \ --O | \ --O + kick
    O O O O

    Guy runs forward and does multiple kicks. Good range. Goes
    through fireballs at all Levels.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits.
    Level 3: 7 hits.

    Be careful, since if your opponent blocks all the hits, you are
    open to a counterattack. Use it in ambushes after a blocked
    Bushin move, after an overhead hit, or just before your opponent
    lands from a missed anti-air move.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Bushin Jump

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Guy does a series of jumping punches and kicks.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 5 hits.
    Level 3: 6 hits.

    This move is rather unpredictable. It usually requires your
    opponent to be far in front of you in the air, but it still is
    pretty hard to time and position correctly. However, the Level 1
    SC has good anti-air priorities, so use it if your opponent likes
    to jump in.

    Note: I have noticed that when executing the Level 2 or Level 3
    SC, if I press punch immediately when the SC begins, I hit a lot
    more often. Seems like the punches don't start until you hit
    another punch button.

    *Chains*

    S. JAB, S. STRONG, S. FIERCE, S. ROUNDHOUSE

    This chain combo has a special name, "Bushin Gokusa Ken"
    . Perhaps this combo is taken from
    Final Fight. Make sure that you press the S. ROUNDHOUSE
    *immediately* after the S. FIERCE, since the timing for that
    last hit is trickier. Be aware that the S. JAB and the S.
    FIERCE may miss crouching defenders, thus ruining your chain
    combo.

    C. SHORT, S. STRONG, S. ROUNDHOUSE, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    This chain combo is somewhat "safer" than the one above since
    this one can hit crouching opponents. Note that the C.
    ROUNDHOUSE (the slide) will combo after the S. ROUNDHOUSE (the
    crescent kick) even though it may not seem like it. This combo
    also tends to dizzy opponents rather easily.

    C. SHORT, C. FORWARD, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    Guy's standard 3-hit chain combo. You can even omit the C.
    ROUNDHOUSE and allow the C. FORWARD sweep to hit twice and knock
    down the opponent.

    *Combos*

    S. FIERCE, BUSHIN RUN w/ ROUNDHOUSE

    This is a quick, 3-hit combo that is very easy to dizzy with.

    C. SHORT, C. FORWARD, BUSHIN RUN w/ FORWARD

    Another very easy-to-do combo, this looks more stylish than
    Guy's standard 3-hit chain. You can also try the Bushin Run
    with the RH instead of the FORWARD.

    S. FORWARD, BUSHIN LEAP

    The S. FORWARD, blocked or not, will stun your opponent long
    enough to allow the Bushin Leap to get within throw range.

    GUY'S RE-DIZZY COMBO:

    (Corner) J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. JAB, S. STRONG, S. FIERCE, BUSHIN RUN
    w/ ROUNDHOUSE

    This combo is insanely hard to pull-off, but it re-dizzys
    almost every character except Ken and Ryu. Much practice is
    needed to pull this one off correctly. It may not seem
    difficult, but you'll see what I mean when you try it.

    Guy's strength lies in his speed and jabbing moves. Guy also has
    excellent throw priority. Use all of this to your advantage. Keep
    constant pressure on your opponent. Use lots of throws and Bushin
    Leaps. Fake throwing and use his three crouching kick chain combo to
    nail a counter-throw attempt. Nail your opponent with the overhead
    elbow as he is getting up (he'll be expecting sweeps), then follow up
    with a chain. Do not let up for a second. Be a total nightmare and
    don't allow your opponent to get a move in.

    Know that his S. FORWARD kick is an excellent poking attack. Use it
    to set up the occasional Bushin Run jump kick, or better yet, the
    Bushin Leap. Or just keep your opponent at bay with it, since it does
    have good range and speed.

    The biggest fault a Guy player can have is predictability. Guy's
    moves are good, but you will get plastered if your opponent sees them
    coming. While this is true for any character, it is especially true
    for Guy. If your opponent just keeps blocking in the corner, be
    patient and weed them out. Throw, tick, fake, etc. to keep your
    opponent moving. They will them open themselves up to your other
    attacks.

    You will also have to work around Guy's annoying high jump, since it
    invites DP's. Stick to the ground and try to keep your opponent
    pinned down with ground combos and overhead hits.


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    3.9) SODOM
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    "Guess I beat you pretty bad.
    Nothing personal."
    -Sodom, SFA

    Sodom, a former gangster, fights to avenge his defeat to Guy several
    years previous.

    Note: The weapons he is carrying are called jitte, not sai. Jitte
    look similar to sai, but they are blunt and have only one prong
    sticking out of the side. They are used as bludgeons, much like
    police batons. They can also be used to catch swords, nunchaku, and
    other weapons. (Then again, some might think that Sodom is attacking
    with a pair of tuning forks ...)

    Starting Pose: Sodom throws off his peasant's hat and cloak.
    Winning Pose #1: Sodom stands with arms at his side and bows.
    Winning Pose #2: Sodom extends his arms straight out to the sides and
    twirls his jitte, then yells.
    Winning Pose #3: Sodom holds out a fan and either fans paper
    butterflies above his hand or makes a small water
    fountain. He says "Appareh!"

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + punch
    O O

    Sodom does a SHORT Jitte Slice. Good range, meaning that Sodom
    can even AC projectiles and whack his opponent from a medium
    distance away. However, you might miss if you AC a very high jump
    kick.

    *Taunt*

    Sodom stands up straight with his arms at his sides and bows down
    in "respect."

    *Tengu Walk* {A "tengu" is a human-like spirit}

    O-- / | + kick (like rolling, except with kick button)
    O O

    Sodom will land on the ground by planting his jitte into the
    ground, performing a handstand. Then he'll proceed to "walk" with
    his jitte, hitting his opponent for up to three hits.

    This move is a cool and original way to catch your opponent
    off-guard. However, when Sodom hits the ground, there is a delay
    before he starts walking, so don't perform the Tengu Walk too many
    times or your opponent will just anticipate it and sweep. Also,
    don't use this move against those who like to jump or throw
    projectiles often.

    *Slide Kick*

    C. ROUNDHOUSE

    Although difficult to time, Sodom's slide CAN go under
    all projectiles, even Sagat's Low Tiger Shot. Plus, the recovery
    time is excellent, even though it *seems* that Sodom leaves himself
    wide open. Slide often.

    *Jitte Slice* {Jigoku Scrape - Hell Scrape}

    --O | \ + punch
    O O

    Sodom races forward with his jitte outstretched. Good range,
    speed, and recovery. Can hit up to 2 times.

    JAB: Side hook slice.
    STRONG: Uppercut slice. Good priority against jumpers.
    FIERCE: Arcing slice. This has the greatest range.

    *Power Bomb* {Butsumetsu Buster - Butsumetsu is the unluckiest day in
    the Buddhist calendar.}

    | \ --O O + punch
    O O /

    Sodom takes a small hop forward, jabbing his jitte downward. If
    they touch his opponent, Sodom carries them high into the air and
    slams them down on the ground. This move cannot be blocked.

    *Carpet Bomb* {Daikyou Burning - Daikyou is the worst possible luck
    in Buddhism.}

    | \ --O O + kick
    O O /

    Sodom runs forward with his jitte in front of him. If he hits his
    opponent, he pushes them down and drags them on the ground until
    they catch on fire. This move *can* be blocked.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Mega Jitte Slice {Meido no Miyage - Hades' Gift}

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Sodom does multiple Jitte Slices in a row. Goes through fireballs
    at Levels 2 and 3.

    Level 1: 3 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits.
    Level 3: 7 hits, last hit is a jumping attack.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Mega Power Bomb

    720 degree circle + punch

    Sodom grabs his opponents with his Jitte and takes them for a
    ride. Sodom CAN be knocked out of the grabbing animation rather
    easily.

    Level 1: 2 Power Bombs.
    Level 2: 2 massive Power Bombs.
    Level 3: 2 massive Power Bombs and a Carpet Bomb.

    This is best used after a jump kick and can be used to catch your
    opponent while he is expecting to block subsequent ground attacks.
    Remember that the Level 3 version can take off at least 80%!

    *Chains*

    S. JAB, S. FORWARD, S. ROUNDHOUSE
    S. JAB, S. STRONG, C. ROUNDHOUSE
    S. SHORT, S. FORWARD, S. ROUNDHOUSE
    S. SHORT, S. FORWARD, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. ROUNDHOUSE, CARPET BOMB

    Basic combo, causes plenty of damage. However, if this is
    blocked, Sodom is combo-fodder.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. SHORT, S. FORWARD, S. ROUNDHOUSE, CARPET BOMB

    5-hit combo that can typically cause 40% damage. This combo is
    safer because you can see whether your opponent is blocking the
    first few hits, thus you can hold back with the Carpet Bomb if
    needed. However, sometimes the S. ROUNDHOUSE may miss, so watch
    the ranges.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. SHORT, S. FORWARD, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    An alternative to the previous combo, you end with a slide
    instead of a Carpet Bomb attempt. While executing either combo,
    you can switch to the other combo depending on whether your
    opponent is blocking or not.

    Sodom's strategy revolves both around his grabbing moves and his Jitte
    Attacks. His crouching FIERCE and STRONG Jitte Slice can take out all
    jumpers easily. His slide will go underneath fast and medium-speed
    projectiles, including Sagat's low Tiger Shot. Also, Sodom's jump is
    quick and has very little hang time, meaning that opponents will have
    a hard time trying to DP him on reaction.

    Sodom's Power Bomb has a very short range, and there is a delay as
    Sodom leaps forward with his Jitte before he actually grabs his
    victim. On the up side, the move does almost 25% damage to a healthy
    opponent and can be used in combos effectively. The Carpet Drop,
    although blockable, can be used in ANY combo Sodom has, regardless of
    how far away that opponent gets pushed by the normal part of the
    combo. The Carpet Drop will just suck them in with ease.

    Sodom's Mega Jitte Slice SC his jumpers particularly well and has
    excellent recovery afterwords. Although the Mega Power Bomb SC has
    lousy range, you can always buffer it with a jump kick and catch your
    opponent while he's still blocking.

    Sodom can really give opponents a hard time by jumping in with a kick,
    then alternating between throwing a chain combo and executing a Power
    Bomb. If the opponent is expecting to block a chain combo, he may be
    caught by the Power Bomb, whereas if the opponent is trying to jab
    Sodom out of a Power Bomb attempt, he may get hit by the chain combo.
    (Remember that the chain combo can include a Carpet Bomb! In effect,
    you'll be choosing between a Power Bomb and a Carpet Bomb.)

    Overall, Sodom should be played very offensively. "No mercy" is key.

    SODOM'S CHEESE KICK: If you throw Sodom's S. ROUNDHOUSE while your
    opponent is getting up from the ground, your opponent will NOT be able
    to block it, period. Of course, the timing is crucial, but it is
    possible to trip your opponent, throw an unblockable S. ROUNDHOUSE as
    he gets up, interrupt right into a Carpet Bomb, then repeat for a cheap
    victory. However, the opponent may be able to DP or even throw right
    through the Cheese Kick. (I've been thrown many times trying to
    Cheese Kick a computer opponent, but I don't remember any human
    opponent being able to counter.)


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    3.10) ROSE
    ----------

    "Are you finished?"
    -Rose, SFA

    Starting Pose: Rose hovers with a Soul Spark at each side, igniting
    her Soul Power.
    Winning Pose #1: Rose holds out her shawl and makes a Soul Spark
    revolve around it. She says, "Soreja Dame"
    Winning Pose #2: Rose wags her finger at her opponent, shakes her
    head, and says something in Japanese.
    Winning Pose #3: Two image clones emanate on either side of Rose.
    Then Rose wags her finger at her opponent and says
    "Mada mada ne"

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + punch
    O O

    Rose does a very mini-version of her Soul Throw, throwing her
    opponent down to the opposite side of her. The opponent is not
    harmed, but instead is stunned for a fraction of a second. This
    is a very small window of time to damage your opponent.

    You can typically get a RH sweep in, but not always. You can
    also try going for a _very_ quick SC, such as a Level 1 or 2 Aura
    Soul Spark SC. This is known as the Alpha Counter Super Combo,
    or ACSC.

    *Taunt*

    Similar to winning pose #2, but Rose says "Mada mada ne."

    *Slide Kick*

    \ + FORWARD
    O

    Rose slides in with a kick. It doesn't knock the opponent down
    and it doesn't go over projectiles, but nonetheless, it's a great
    move to harrass opponents with.

    *Soul Spark*

    / | \ --O + punch
    O O O

    Rose whips out her shawl and launches a projectile. Her opponent
    can be hit by both the shawl and the Spark.

    *Soul Reflect*

    | / O-- + punch
    O O

    Rose snaps her shawl in front of her. reflecting all normal
    projectiles back at her opponent. It will not work against Super
    Combo projectiles, though. This move can also be used as a normal
    attack, although rarely should it be used as such.

    JAB: Absorb projectile into Rose's Super Meter.
    STRONG: Reflect projectile horizontally.
    FIERCE: Reflect projectile diagonally upwards, catching
    opponents who like to jump after throwing a
    projectile.

    *Soul Throw*

    --O | \ + punch
    O O

    Rose jumps up diagonally and air-throws her opponent.

    This move has mediocre priority, but it is useful against jumpers
    nonetheless.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Aura Soul Spark

    | / O-- | / O-- + punch
    O O O O

    Rose shoots a Soul Spark that hits multiple times and goes through
    projectiles. Loses 1 hit for each projectile it passes through.
    At higher Levels, Rose does a Soul Reflect and some kicks before
    throwing the Soul Spark.

    Level 1: Single Spark, 3 hits.
    Level 2: Soul Reflect plus Spark, 6 hits.
    Level 3: Super Soul Reflect plus Spark, 9 hits.

    Note that the Level 3 SC can reflect even SC projectiles, like
    Ryu's Shinkuu Hadouken! Thus, if you are close enough and you
    time things right, you can hit your opponent with his own SC
    projectile plus _your_ own Soul Spark!

    *Super Combo #2*
    Aura Soul Throw

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Rose does some uppercuts which knock her opponent into the air.
    She then does a Soul Throw, doing *major* damage.

    Level 1: Rose simply does a more damaging Soul Throw. This Level
    DOES NOT hit opponents on the ground like Levels 2 and 3
    Level 2: Rose throws two uppercuts to knock her opponent into the
    air, then performs a Soul Throw.
    Level 3: Rose does 3 uppercuts and performs a Soul Throw.

    I believe this SC is invulnerable. Thus, if you see your
    opponent jump towards you, instead of performing the normal Soul
    Throw, you may want to perform a Level 1 Aura Soul Throw instead
    for invulnerability and higher damage. Don't worry about using up
    your Super Meter, since Rose builds up her meter fairly quickly.

    *Super Combo #3*
    Soul Illusion

    | \ --O | \ --O + kick
    O O O O

    This causes several "shadows" to follow Rose and mirror her
    motions. Any hit on her opponent will be multiplied by about 4 as
    the shadow trails tag their hits on as well. The higher the
    Level, the longer the shadows remain.

    Level 1: Images last 5 seconds.
    Level 2: Images last 6 seconds.
    Level 3: Images last 9 seconds.

    After executing the SC, keep your opponent pinned with flying
    SHORT and FORWARD kicks, as well as slides and non-tripping moves.
    Her Soul Illusion SC makes Rose's normal attacks gain more
    priority, so make sure you keep your opponent standing while you
    punish him with multiple hits.

    *Chains*

    C. SHORT, C. FORWARD, C. ROUNDHOUSE

    This is Rose's *definitive* chain combo. It has excellent
    priority because each successive kick has a longer range than
    the previous kick, with the ROUNDHOUSE extending the furthest.
    Thus, you will almost never fail to hit with this chain. Use it
    often.

    Definitely the strangest character of the bunch, Rose is one of the
    best as well. She has 3 main strengths: her FORWARD slide, her Soul
    Reflect, and her Super Combos.

    The FORWARD slide has absolutely phenominal recovery, yet has a huge
    range of attack as well. Rose can trade equally with fireballers like
    Ryu using the slide due to how her legs stick out so far. Rose can
    even nab opponents with Super Combos or a Soul Spark with ease as they
    try and counter the slide. The only thing you have to be concerned
    with is not getting predictable with the slide and, as a result,
    eating a Super Combo or DP move.

    The Soul Reflect is a good move but can get you into trouble if used
    too much. You can reflect projectiles back into the face of an
    opponent, but most opponents will not throw a fireball as you stand
    there waiting for them to do so. If you mistime the Soul Reflect,
    the fireball can nail you during the stun afterwards. A good strategy
    is to use several slides and see if your opponent gets frustrated and
    tries to fireball his way out of the pattern. Then use the Soul
    Reflect and continue pushing that opponent back into the corner.

    Rose's best Super Combo is, by far, her Aura Soul Throw SC. With
    all of this jabbing and sliding, your opponent is bound to get
    frustrated and try and jump. If you don't have time, just use Rose's
    crouching FIERCE to counter. But you should be watching for the jump
    and plan accordingly. A Level 3 Aura Soul Throw takes off over 50% of
    the opponent's energy, making it a deadly punishment for one mistimed
    jump.

    These 3 tools, along with whatever else you dish out in your style of
    play, make Rose a very formidable opponent if played carefully and
    systematicly.

    The 2 moves you have to be careful with are Rose's Soul Throw and her
    Soul Spark. The Soul Throw is not invulnerable, so you need to catch
    your opponent rather early or very, very late in their jump to not get
    knocked out of it. The Soul Spark makes Rose extend her shawl
    outward, making her an easy target for jump-in attacks.


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    3.11) AKUMA
    -----------

    "Weaklings! Is there no
    one worth fighting?"
    -Akuma, SFA

    Akuma "enters" the tournament for one reason only: to destroy all
    opponents. (Akuma is known as Gouki in Japan. Gouki means "great
    demon," while Akuma means "devil.")

    Starting Pose: Akuma starts with his back to the screen. Then he
    turns around and assumes his signature stance,
    shaking with rage.
    Winning Pose #1: Akuma assumes his pose again, shaking.
    Winning Pose #2: Akuma turns his back to the screen, and his kanji
    "Ten" appears on his back.

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + kick
    O O

    Akuma does a crouching ROUNDHOUSE kick. Be careful not to AC high
    jump attacks, since Akuma might miss.

    *Taunt*

    Akuma slams his feet on the ground (shaking the screen) and
    shakes with adrenaline rage for a brief second.

    *Overhead Knife Hand*

    --O + STRONG

    Identical to Ryu's Overhead Punch. This is an overhead hit.

    Because Akuma has such a dark skin tone and uniform, this overhead
    hit is very hard to see coming.

    *Spin Kick*

    --O + FORWARD

    Identical to Ryu's Spin Kick. Hits opponents on the way down.
    Use it to skip over sweeps and slides. Great for keeping your
    opponent pinned to the ground.

    *Diving Kick*

    Jump towards opponent, \ + FORWARD
    O

    Identical to his funky aerial kick in X-Men, Akuma dives down at a
    sharp vertical angle with a flying side kick. Follow it up with a
    chain combo or a DP.

    *Fireball*

    | \ --O + punch
    O O

    Standard fireball with *great* recovery time.

    *Red Fireball*

    O-- / | \ --O + punch
    O O O

    Akuma pauses for a decent delay and then throws a fireball that
    will set his opponent on fire and knock them down. Hits 1, 2, or
    3 times, depending on button used.

    *Air Fireball*

    | \ --O + punch (in mid-air)
    O O

    Akuma throws a fireball diagonally downward. Notice that the
    stronger the punch button used, the faster the fireball travels
    and the more downward angle it gets.

    *Hurricane Kick*

    | / O-- + kick
    O O

    Goes over fireballs and Booms. Hits up to 3 times. Can juggle
    opponents hit out of the air.

    *Dragon Punch*

    --O | \ + punch
    O O

    Similar to Ryu's DP and almost impossible to air-block. Hits 1,
    2, or 3 times in the air, depending on the button used. Unlike
    Ryu, Akuma can juggle opponents with his DP.

    *Forward Roll*

    | / O-- + punch
    O O

    Akuma takes a small hop forward and then rolls. Akuma is
    invulnerable to fireballs during the roll but not the hop.

    The hop he takes before the roll makes Akuma's roll useless
    because 90% of the time, Akuma will get hit out of the hop.

    *Air Roll*

    | \ --O O + punch
    O O /

    Akuma does a leap nearly identical to Guy's Bushin Leap (or
    Cammy's Hooligan Grab from SSF2T). As he is leaping in the air,
    you may do one of four things:

    Hyakki Gousai
    Press punch close to the opponent. Akuma will grab his
    opponent and perform a somersault shoulder breaker.

    Hyakki Goushou
    Press punch when not close to the opponent. Akuma will throw
    a powerful palm strike.

    Hyakki Goutsui
    Press kick close to the opponent. Akuma will grab the
    opponent and perform an inverted pile driver.

    Hyakki Gousen
    Press kick when not close to the opponent. Akuma will throw a
    drop kick.

    This move doesn't have that much of a range, plus it's somewhat
    slow. Although this move may be useful, Akuma players prefer to
    use his numerous other attacks.

    If you do want to use this attack, I find that the throw with
    Punch works best. The other attacks are either too slow, too
    short a range, or too risky.

    *Teleport*

    --O | \ + all 3 punch/kick OR O-- | / + all 3 punch/kick
    O O O O

    Akuma warps across the screen, traveling though everything else
    and appearing at a location determined by the joystick method and
    buttons used. Kicks teleport you a short distance, punches a long
    distance. The direction you do the DP motion determines which way
    you teleport.

    This move is a great way of getting out of the corner. The
    teleport is perfect for players who like to fight from a distance
    and stay out of their opponent's reach.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Great Fireball SC

    | / O-- | / O-- + punch
    O O O O

    Akuma crouches down and gathers Chi at both of his fists. He then
    launches the energy in one big fireball.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits.
    Level 3: 8 hits.

    Much more powerful than even Ryu's own Shinkuu Hadouken. It
    should be used in the same manner as Ryu's.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Great Dragon Punch SC

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Identical to Ken's Shoryureppa.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits.
    Level 3: 8 hits.

    *Super Combo #3*
    Aerial Fireball SC

    In air, | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Akuma launches an air fireball that acts identical to his ground
    Shinkuu Hadouken. This SC fireball can be air-blocked.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits.
    Level 3: 8 hits.

    Generally safer to do than the ground version of the SC, since
    Akuma is pushed back away to safety.

    *Super Combo #4*
    Raging Demon

    JAB, JAB, Tap --O, SHORT

    Can only be performed when your Super Meter is at Level 3.

    Akuma teleports slowly toward his opponent. If he makes contact
    (this move cannot be blocked) the screen flashes white and Akuma
    delivers 15 hits to his opponent, causing 50% damage.

    This SC is devastating against computer opponents and against
    human novices. Just trip your opponent, then perform the Raging
    Demon SC, and you should be able to catch your opponent after he
    gets up.

    However, Akuma can easily be hit or even thrown out of the Raging
    Demon SC, so it's tactical value against experienced opponents is
    close to nil.

    (The Raging Demon SC is also known as the "Bison Killer" because
    in SSF2T, if you got to Akuma as a secret boss, this was the move
    that Akuma used to enter the screen and pummel Bison. Obviously,
    it doesn't mean that the Raging Demon works any better on Bison in
    SFA than on any other character.)

    *Chains*

    Note that Akuma can execute any chain and combo that Ryu can.
    However, Akuma has some other combos as well, which are listed
    below.

    *Combos*

    AIR HURRICANE KICK, DRAGON PUNCH

    The DP should be able to catch an opponent after the HK knocks
    him out of the air.

    LATE AIR FIREBALL, ANY GROUND COMBO

    Jump towards your opponent, throw an air fireball very late,
    then immediately follow up with a ground combo or SC. With
    luck, you'll be able to hit your opponent at the same time as
    the fireball.

    Akuma is basically a Ryu on steroids with two more useful moves: an
    air fireball and a teleport. His two other new moves (the roll and
    leaping moves) are pretty worthless, so don't bother with them. Just
    play a strong Ryu and incorporate the air fireball and teleport to
    win.

    Be careful you don't accidentally do the Red Fireball when trying to
    do a normal fireball. The motions are *extremely* sensitive, and
    there is a huge delay on the Red Fireball that will get you killed
    easily.

    The one thing that Akuma has against him is a damage handicap. Akuma
    takes approximately 30% more damage per hit than normal characters do.
    That means that your opponent needs to land fewer chain combos to
    defeat you, and Super Combos can kill you at high Levels. I had the
    CPU Ryu do his Level 3 HK Super Combo against my Akuma and take 80% of
    my life away, utterly destroying me.


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    3.12) M. BISON
    --------------

    "You were almost entertaining."
    -M. Bison, SFA

    M. Bison is on a world-wide tour of domination and destruction. He
    uses the Street Fighter tournament to recruit able fighters for his
    Shadoloo organization. (Bison is known as Vega in Japan.)

    Starting Pose: With a grin and arms crossed, Bison slowly hovers
    down to the ground.
    Winning Pose #1: Bison stands, crosses his arms, grins, and says,
    "Huh, nuruiwa!"
    Winning Pose #2: Like #1, but Bison teleports above the ground and
    floats.
    Winning Pose #3: Bison faces the screen and makes a slashing gesture
    across the throat with his thumb.

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + punch
    O O

    Bison does a standing STRONG punch. Very instant, rarely misses.

    *Taunt*

    Similar to winning pose #1, but Bison says nothing.

    *Slide*

    C. ROUNDHOUSE

    Like before, Bison slides a good distance.

    Make SURE you can hit your opponent with the slide, for if you
    miss, you will be wide open for a combo.

    *Double Knee Press*

    Charge O-- --O + kick

    Bison jumps horizontally with his legs outstretched. Hits 2
    times.

    This move has good recovery, so don't be afraid to use it whenever
    it is charged up. However, an opponent can jab Bison out of it,
    or even DP it.

    *Psycho Shot*

    Charge O-- --O + punch

    Bison releases a violet energy ball.

    This projectile requires very little time to charge up. Use it
    like you would use Charlie's Sonic Boom, i.e. often. You can also
    try throwing a JAB Psycho Shot, then following it in with a jump
    kick.

    *Demon Stomp* {Head Press}

    Charge | O + kick (then punch)
    O |

    Bison flies in the air and quickly stomps on his opponent's head.
    He then jumps up again and can then be controlled as he comes
    down. At this point, pressing punch again will cause Bison to
    follow through with a flying Psycho Fist. Both attacks are
    overhead hits.

    Just like before, you can give your opponent a major headache. Be
    careful, though, since your opponent can either jump kick or DP
    you before you can land the second hit.

    *Demon Flight* {Somersault Skull Diver}

    Charge | O + punch (then punch again)
    O |

    Bison fakes a Demon Stomp as he flies over the opponent's head.
    When you press punch again, Bison flips, then comes down on his
    opponent with a Psycho Fist.

    *Teleport* {Vega Warp in Japan; perhaps Bison Warp in America?}

    --O | \ + all 3 punch/kick OR O-- | / + all 3 punch/kick
    O O O O

    Bison teleports, appearing at a location determined by the
    joystick motion and buttons. Kicks make you teleport a short
    distance. Punches make you teleport a long distance. The
    joystick motion determines your teleport direction.

    This teleport is pretty instant and can either get you out of the
    corner, or it can reposition you where you can throw a surprise
    attack on your opponent's unguarded side. Be warned that Bison
    can get hit out of the teleport quite easily, so pay special
    attention to where you want to end up.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Knee Press Nightmare

    Charge O-- --O O-- --O + kick

    Bison performs multiple Knee Presses. Level 2 and 3 can go
    through projectiles easily; Level 1 also can if you time it right.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits.
    Level 3: 8 hits.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Psycho Crusher

    Charge O-- --O O-- --O + punch

    Bison does a REALLY, REALLY powerful version of his SF2 Torpedo.
    Goes through fireballs at all Levels.

    Level 1: 4 hits.
    Level 2: 6 hits.
    Level 3: 8 hits.

    This move can hit people out of the air with ease, causing massive
    damage. However, this move isn't invulnerable, so on rare
    occasions, your opponent could hit you out of the Psycho Crusher.

    The best time to use Bison's Psycho Crusher is after blocking a
    DP or other move that allows for counterattacks. You can really
    punish an opponent who just misanticipated your actions.

    Since opponent like to jump in on Bison, try to anticipate when
    your opponent will jump, then release a Psycho Crusher right at
    the jump. Bison will reach your opponent rather quickly, tagging
    him and landing all potential hits.

    *Chains*

    None known. Bison seems to have no moves that can be used as a
    chain.

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. ROUNDHOUSE

    Since the S. ROUNDHOUSE can hit twice, make sure the jump kick
    hits very deep.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. JAB, C. JAB, PSYCHO SHOT

    Similar to Charlie's standard combo.

    Bison has really changed from SSF2T. Not only is he wider and
    bulkier, but he moves and attacks a lot differently. His Psycho
    Crusher is now a SC, and the Psycho Shot now becomes his main special
    move. His attacks come out a lot slower, but he no longer has that
    annoying hang time in his jump.

    Since Bison isn't really a reactionary fighter, you'll have to be on
    the offense to make up for his lack of defensive ability. Throw his
    Psycho Shot often, and harass your opponent with Knee Presses and Head
    Stomps. Don't be too afraid to jump in and attack, since Bison has a
    quicker jump than before. Teleport whenever you get into trouble.
    Finally, use his Psycho Crusher often, because it's too powerful to be
    ignored.

    You may have trouble against an old-school Ryu or Ken because they can
    easily match you projectile for projectile, plus they can DP you out
    of the air quickly. You may want to try and slide in when they throw
    fireballs. You'll trade hits, but it will be your opponent who will
    end up on the ground. This should give you some initiative.


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    3.13) DAN
    ---------

    "My father could beat you, and he's dead!"
    -Dan, SFA

    Dan fight to avenge his father's death at the hands of Sagat and to
    prove himself the _best_ fighter in the world. (Dan's full
    name is Hibiki Dan, which is a Japanese pun meaning "small fireball.")

    Starting Pose: Dan sticks his forearm out at his opponent with a
    clenched fist.
    Winning Pose #1: Dan sticks his forearm out at his opponent with a
    clenched fist.
    Winning Pose #2: Dan sticks his forearm out at his opponent with a
    clenched fist.

    *Alpha Counter*

    O-- / | + kick
    O O

    Dan does a crouching ROUNDHOUSE. Like Akuma's AC, be careful when
    Alpha Countering a high jump attack, or you may miss.

    *Taunt*

    #1 Dan sticks his forearm out at his opponent with a clenched
    fist.
    #2 Identical to starting pose.
    #3 Identical to winning pose #2.

    *Fireball*

    | \ --O + punch
    O O

    This fireball only goes about an inch (seriously!).

    You can use it in a combo, or you can use it to negate projectiles
    thrown at you. I've even been able to hit a few opponents out of
    the air with Dan's fireball.

    *Dragon Punch*

    --O | \ + punch
    O O

    Like Ryu's Dragon Punch, but has no invulnerability. Use it as
    your standard anti-air move.

    *Gale kick*

    | / O-- + kick
    O O

    Dan flies horizontally forward, performing multiple kicks. Hits
    1, 2, or 3 times, depending on the button used. The button also
    determines the angle of flight.

    The RH version can really punish an opponent if it hits, but
    beware, for if it is blocked, it is easily Alpha-Countered. The
    SHORT version is good for hopping over fireballs, but if you end
    up too close to your opponent, you may get swept.

    *Super Combo #1*
    Super Fireball

    | \ --O | \ --O + punch
    O O O O

    Dan lets a large fireball go that travels various distances,
    depending on the Level used.

    Level 1: 3 hits, travels 1 inch.
    Level 2: 4 hits, travels 1.5 inches.
    Level 3: 5 hits, travels 2 inches.

    This SC is used best in combos. It is also effective when your
    opponent gets close and within range, since opponents rarely think
    about defense.

    *Super Combo #2*
    Double Dragon Punch

    | \ --O | \ --O + kick
    O O O O

    Dan does 2 vertical Dragon Punches that stays in place (except
    Level 3).

    Level 1: 2 DP's, 4 hits.
    Level 2: 2 DP's, 5 hits.
    Level 3: 3 DP's, 6 hits, last DP moves out horizontally.

    This is not as good as Ken's, since Dan does not move
    horizontally, except for his Level 3. Thus, you won't be able to
    land all the hits unless you have you opponent in the corner (and
    we all know how OFTEN that happens.)

    *Super Combo #3*
    Desperation

    | / O-- | / O-- + kick
    O O O O

    Dan throws a whole bunch of kicks and punches in place. (It
    resembles Robert Garcia's desparation move from Art of Fighting,
    but without the forward leap at the beginning.) Note that if the
    first kick lands, the opponent is pulled towards Dan, allowing the
    rest of the hits to connect.

    Level 1: A bunch of front kicks, 4 hits.
    Level 2: Dan adds a DP at the end, 7 hits.
    Level 3: Like Level 2, but 12 hits.

    I consider Dan's Desperation SC to be his one redeeming move. Add
    this SC to a jump-in combo for some real damage. Use the Level 1
    Desperation SC often whenever you are within range, since the
    Level 2 and Level 3 versions leave Dan wide open if blocked. But
    if you have charged up your Meter to Level 3 and your opponent
    just whiffed an anti-air move, wait until just before he lands,
    then throw the Level 3 SC for over 50% damage!

    *Chains*

    S. JAB, S. STRONG
    C. JAB, C. STRONG
    C. JAB, C. SHORT

    *Combos*

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. FORWARD, FIREBALL
    J. ROUNDHOUSE, S. FIERCE, DRAGON PUNCH

    Yes, the old standby combos that worked for Ryu and Ken also
    work for Dan, since the range is so close.

    J. ROUNDHOUSE, C. FORWARD, RH GALE KICK

    Not a true combo, but a good way to shave health off your
    opponent. Be careful, for the Gale Kick invites AC's.

    If you've played Dan even once or twice, you'll know that he really
    is meant to be a joke. However, you can use that handicap to your
    advantage. Since people playing against Dan is bound to be soft on
    their defense, you can really turn the match into an upset.

    Against projectile throwers, use Dan's Fireball to block your
    opponent's projectiles. You can quickly build your Super Meter this
    way. (Your opponent will, too, but you're more worried about Dan's
    own offensive abilities, not your opponent's.) Occasionally, you can
    use the SHORT Gale Kick to hop over a projectile and approach your
    opponent. Once you reach him, your only hope is to get a sweep in and
    try and trip him up. Then try a jump-in attack, or stay close and
    fake, or execute a Level 1 Desperation SC, or whatever.

    Dan's only effective with jump-in attacks, meaning that a good player
    who can perform wake-up DP's can kill Dan easily (but then, *anyone*
    can kill Dan easily). Still, remember that all hope isn't lost,
    because if you can land a Desperation or a Gale Kick, you have caused
    a good amount of damage right there.


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    4) Secrets, Storylines, and Extras
    **********************************

    -----------------------------
    4.1) Endings (Spoiler Alert!)
    -----------------------------

    RYU - Fights Sagat

    Basicly, we see Sagat lying on the ground, beaten and VERY upset. He
    tells Ryu that he will kill him, but Ryu shrugs Sagat off, complaining
    that he's too little of a challenge. He tells Sagat as he departs
    that true warriors fight not with hate but with skill.

    Note that during the dialogue before the final fight, Sagat is holding
    a limp and unconscious Dan with one hand. Obviously, Dan didn't quite
    succeed in his quest for revenge.


    KEN - Fights Ryu

    At the beginning of the match, we get some cool dialogue between Ken
    and Ryu where Ryu puts down Ken as a "trainee" and Ken snidely remarks
    back that he can and will whoop Ryu's sorry butt in a fight.
    (Actually, it's more like "Long time, no see. Still training?" "Good
    enough to defeat you." "We'll see.")

    After the fight, Ryu congratulates Ken on his new-found strength.
    Awesome pic of Ken and Ryu clasping hands together. Ryu asks what Ken
    will do next, and Ken replies that he already has another challenger
    waiting for him elsewhere.

    Cut to a scene where Ken is walking away victorioius from this next
    fight. He is on what will become his SF2 background stage. A young,
    blond-haired girl names Eliza runs after him and asks him why he fights
    so fiercely. Ken replies that he must battle one man and make him pay
    for something.

    Ken may be referring to Akuma, the man who may have ended up killing
    Ryu and Ken's teacher in Japan. The woman talking to Ken is obviously
    the girl who marries Ken at the end of SF2.


    SAGAT - Fights Ryu

    SAGAT: "You scarred me and sealed your fate."
    "Now the scales will be balanced."
    "You took my honor and now I'll destroy you!"

    RYU: "You just don't get it, do you?"

    SAGAT: "Shut up! I won't lose this time!"

    After winning, Sagat says the memorable quote, "Revenge is a dish best
    served cold."

    He then sees that Ryu looks at him with pity. Sagat is empty. Did
    Ryu actually fight with all his strength, or did he hold back in
    honor? Before Sagat can consider this further, a hoverjet lands in
    the background. M. Bison appears, telling Sagat to forget his foolish
    vendetta which he has already won. Now, if Sagat truly wants to be
    feared, he must learn "Psycho Power." We get to see 2 early mug shots
    of Vega and Balrog in the background.


    CHUN LI - Fights Bison

    Chun Li tells Bison that he is under arrest for drug trafficking.
    After she beats him, we get some brief "You're finished, Bison!"
    dialogue before Bison gets up off the ground and grasps Chun Li's
    midsection, blasting Psycho Power throughout her body.

    Cut to a hospital scene where Chun is surrounded by a couple of
    government agents. The game then tells us Chun Li's true motive,
    which is to crush M. Bison for murdering her father.


    CHARLIE - Fights Bison

    Bison has no clue who Charlie is, but Charlie seems pretty bent on
    arresting Bison for something. Anyway, after Charlie wins, he calls
    in the troops with his radio. But what's this?! Bison crawls up
    behind Charlie, the screen flashes white, and....

    NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

    The last scene we see is Bison tossing Charlie's dog tags over his
    shoulder, calling Charlie a fool for thinking he would ever let him
    live.


    BIRDIE - Fights Bison

    Birdie tells Bison that he wants to fight him as a test to enter
    Shadoloo. After beating Bison, Birdie gets to be Bison's right-hand
    man. We see Birdie picking up some scrawny guy in a suit in a bar
    somewhere. We then get this "oh-so-dramatic" text postulating whether
    or not Birdie will try and kill Bison to oust him and take his place.
    We never find out, and the ending cuts there.


    ADON - Fights Sagat

    Adon was Sagat's teacher, but now he touts to Sagat that he has
    surpassed his master's skill. Sagat tells him to get a life and
    prepare to be put back in his miserable place.

    After winning, Adon is approached by M. Bison. Bison admires Adon's
    strength and proposes that Adon join Shadoloo (join or die, that is).
    After a few cynical comments about drugs and Bison, M. Bison becomes
    enraged and attacks Adon. We last see Adon cheerfully jumping up to
    meet the challenge.


    GUY - Fights Bison

    Guy stands over Bison's fallen body, clenching his fists. He says
    that he is ready and has reached his goal of ultimate strength.
    After jumping away, Bison looks up from the ground with a wicked smile
    on his face and says that Guy will pay dearly for the insult given
    today.


    SODOM - Fights Guy

    Sodom tells Guy how much he hates him. Guy makes a couple of comments
    dripping with sarcasm, and the fight proceeds.

    Afterwords, we see Sodom re-assembling the Mad Gears (the gang from
    Final Fight). He rallies them, saying that this is the beginning of
    a new dawn for their organization. And, to make them feared
    throughout the world, he says that the Mad Gears will now be known
    as ...

    Sodom then holds a scroll that has four Kanji on it. When pronounced
    in Japanese, they sound like:

    Ma
    DoGi
    A

    Thus, the new name, roughly translated, stands for "Cult of Demonic
    Morals." Of course, if you pronounce the syllables in one breath, you
    will sound out the name "Mad Gear" in an Asian accent.

    The CPU then says something akin to, "Gosh, that is a really stupid
    name!"


    ROSE - Fights Bison

    Rose tells Bison that he has abused his power too much and must now
    pay. Bison obviously knows her and was even expecting her, but he
    doesn't reveal how they are connected, other than someone sent Rose
    to deal with Bison.

    After the match, Rose uses all of her remaining Soul Power to drain
    Bison dry of energy. This leaves her near-death. Yet, we see Bison
    on the ground with smoke rising from his heart as Rose hears a
    heartbeat. The game then asks something like, "What it M. Bison?"
    referring to the heartbeat.


    AKUMA - Fights Bison

    Bison tells Akuma how much he admires his incredible strength.
    Puzzled, Bison then asks Akuma why he hesitates. We get some blurb
    about Akuma doubting his strength, and the match proceeds.

    Afterwords, we see Akuma's portrait with 3 people scrolling by in the
    background. (I wonder if they are the portraits of Master Gouken and
    Grandmaster Goutetsu.)

    The game tells us that, although Akuma has bested the greatest
    warriors of the world, his victory is empty. Akuma realizes that it
    is the path, not the goal, that matters.


    M. BISON - Fights Rose

    Rose confronts Bison, telling him that he has abused his power for
    too long. Bison remarks that some "group" sent Rose to defeat him,
    and then they fight.

    After the battle, Bison stands over Rose's dead body, commenting that
    Soul Power is nothing compared to his awesome strength. "Will anyone
    be able to stop Bison from taking over the world?" is the last
    thought the game gives you.


    DAN - Fights Sagat

    Dan sounds rather upset as he revels in the fact that he has reached
    Sagat. Sagat appears confused, and Dan explains that his father was
    killed by Sagat. Sagat recalls this man as being the one who blinded
    Sagat's one eye.

    After the fight we see Dan rolling around on the ground, making fists
    and looking generally happy. He starts gleefully cheering that he has
    beaten Sagat. M. Bison suddenly teleports onto the screen and offers
    to make Dan the greatest fighter in the world if he joins Shadoloo.
    Dan, in his new-found arrogance, tells Bison that he is too late, that
    he is already the greatest in the world. Bison scowls at him and
    teleports off the screen.


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    4.2) Those Little Symbols
    -------------------------

    When you win a round, you are given a marker by your Energy Bar to
    signify your win. Instead of a generic marker, in SFA you are given
    a marker that reflects what type of win you got. Here are the
    symbols you can get:

    V This stands for a normal move victory.
    S Special (complex-motion) move victory.
    S* Super Combo victory.
    Cheese S Blocked special move victory.
    Cheese S* Blocked Super Combo victory.
    Lasso Throw victory.
    Hourglass Time-out victory.
    P Perfect (no damage taken) victory.


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    4.3) Character Histories
    ------------------------

    Almost every character in SFA appears in another Capcom game from the
    past.

    RYU (Style: Shotokan Karate)

    The Ryu in SFA is the main character in the Street Fighter series,
    and perhaps the most imitated video game character of all time. He
    has the same boyish look that he had back in the 80's, but he
    doesn't seem to have the red hair. Ryu won the first Street Fighter
    tournament and stripped Sagat of his title of World Warrior.

    Ryu's stage takes place in front of a convenience store in Japan.
    His background music (or BGM) is a remixed version of his BGM in
    SF2.

    KEN (Style: Shotokan Karate)

    Ken is the other main character of the Street Fighter series. His
    skill was overshadowed by the victory of his friend and rival, Ryu.
    Ken looks much younger as well, having a long ponytail tied back
    with a ribbon and a much more cocky attitude to him than he did in
    SF2.

    Ken's stage seems to take place at a park in New Orleans during late
    afternoon. His BGM is also taken from SF2, but with certain parts
    of the melody changed.

    SAGAT (Style: Muay Thai)

    The strongest fighter in the world, Sagat, was brought down by a
    "mere boy of a fighter" named Ryu in Street Fighter 1. Sagat's
    chest was scarred horribly by Ryu's winning Dragon Punch. Now, that
    scar fuels Sagat's hate each day as he trains for his rematch with
    Ryu.

    Sagat's stage is similar to his stage in SF2, with the huge statue
    in the background. His BGM music is the same as in SF2.

    CHUN LI (Style: Wushu)
    This is Chun Li's first appearance in the SF timeline. She is
    originally from SF2 where she avenges the death of her father. In
    SFA she is working for some government agency, assigned to arrest
    Bison for drug trafficking.

    Her stage is the Great Wall of China, during the evening. Her BGM
    music is a cool contemporary remix of her BGM in SF2.

    CHARLIE (Style: Special Forces)

    Charlie is Guile's friend who is killed by M. Bison between SFA and
    SF2. This is the first game in which he has physically appeared.
    Charlie, like Chun Li, is also on a mission to arrest Bison.

    His stage is like Ken's, except that it takes place during
    nighttime, and a crowd of people has gathered to watch the match.

    BIRDIE (Style: Undetermined)

    This brawler from England was in the original Street Fighter
    tournament. Back then, his moves consisted of a couple overhead
    slams and a headbutt. Now, Birdie has been modernized and is ready
    for serious action.

    His stage takes place around the Roman Colloseum in Italy.

    ADON (Style: Muay Thai)

    Adon is Sagat's student from Thailand, and (I think) the second to
    last computer opponent in Street Fighter 1. He retains his awesome
    Jaguar Kick and has a new, formidable arsenal of kicks as well. He
    also sports an evil-looking grin and a fighter's attitude.

    His stage is identical to Sagat's, but now with late afternoon
    lighting.

    GUY (Style: Bushinryu Ninjutsu)

    A player character from the smash hit Final Fight, Guy has been
    given a strange arsenal of moves new to the SF series and retains
    his rising spin kick from the original game. Some of his normal
    kicks and punches resemble those from Final Fight, along with the
    way he walks.

    Guy's stage is a palette-swap of Ryu's. His BGM is a remix of the
    1st stage BGM in Final Fight.

    SODOM (Style: Undetermined style, perhaps involving weapons)

    Originally a boss character from Level 2 of Final Fight, Sodom now
    wields a pair of jitte instead of his katanas and has a host of new
    rushing and grappling moves. Sodom was defeated in Final Fight,
    presumably by Guy. Now a gangster without a gang, Sodom becomes a
    wanderer, hoping to one day head a gang of his own.

    Sodom's stage is a trainyard somewhere near the west coast of the
    U.S., perhaps San Francisco. This stage looks almost identical to a
    certain stage in Street Fighter 1. Sodom's music is a more
    interesting remix of the 2nd stage BGM in Final Fight.

    ROSE (Style: Soul Power)

    Some say that Rose is Anita from Night Warriors, another Capcom
    fighting game. In that game, Anita appears as a small child with a
    teady bear. Others are convinced that Rose could not have been
    Anita.

    In any case, it seems she has been sent by someone to destroy M.
    Bison. Her Soul Power and Bison's Psycho Power may have come from
    the same source, but we can only wonder what that source is.

    Her scene is identical to that of Birdie's, but lighter. There are
    a couple of cats walking around in the background. (Can you name
    two other Capcom characters whose stages have cats walking around in
    the background besides Birdie?)

    AKUMA (Style: Shotokan Karate)

    Akuma is the Japanese word for "devil." In Japan, he is known as
    Gouki (pronounced goh-ki, not gooky), which means "great demon."
    Here is his story. (This is the version of the story that I am
    familiar with. Other versions may differ slightly.)

    Originally there was a fighter named Goutetsu who mastered a
    new style of fighting. (It is unknown whether Goutetsu invented the
    technique or not.) This technique was handed down to two of the
    grandmaster's pupils, Gouken and Akuma. Gouken subsequently taught
    it to Ryu, Ken, and to an extent, Dan as well.

    However, the style was originally meant to kill opponents by
    concentrating chi power into a murderous blow. Ryu and Ken learned
    a toned down version of the style with the killing function
    removed. It is unknown as to who toned down the style, Gouken or
    Goutetsu. Suffice to say that as time went on, Akuma rediscovered
    the lethal potential of the fighting technique. But as he did, the
    dark power he discovered gradually consumed him, transforming him
    into a murderous demon. He went back and murdered Gouken and
    Goutetsu in combat, and now roams the world in search of opponents
    worthy of his skill.

    Akuma has appeared as a hidden character in both SSF2T and X-Men:
    COTA.

    By the way, the symbol that appears on the back of his uniform is
    the Kanji "Ten", which stands for "Heaven." Someone mentioned
    that this figuratively translates to "Rest in peace," which makes
    sense considering Akuma _is_ like an angel of death.

    Akuma's stage is identical to Chun Li's Great Wall stage, but during
    early morning. His BGM seems to be a remix of his music in SSF2T
    that you hear if you were lucky enough to reach him as a secret
    boss.

    M. BISON (Style: Psycho Power)

    We still don't know where Bison comes from exactly. His first
    appearance is obviously in SF2, but we still have no idea what his
    origins are or how he came to power. His ending provides little
    insight on his origins, other than that he is connected to Rose
    somehow.

    M. Bison fights in the same place as Sodom, but it's wintertime.
    His BGM is taken from SF2, but sounds a lot more chaotic.

    DAN (Style: Shotokan Karate)

    Dan is the only character who isn't tied to Capcom's past. In
    fact, he may be parody of Robert Garcia from Art of Fighting. All
    of his moves are pathetic imitations of Robert's own moves. :)
    It seems that this Dan character has been in some of Capcom's
    SF2 artwork before, but never has he appeared or even been
    mentioned in a Capcom game before this.

    Dan's stage is identical to Sagat's and Adon's stage at dusk.


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    4.4) Selecting the Hidden Characters
    ------------------------------------

    Capcom continues the newfound tradition of including hidden
    characters in their games. In SFA, there are three playable secret
    characters: Akuma, M. Bison, and Dan. Seeing that the SFA Arcade
    Soundtrack CD has the BGM's for thirteen characters, including the
    secret ones, it's apparent that there are no more secret characters in
    SFA.

    ***TO SELECT AKUMA OR M. BISON****

    Get to the Random Select box on your side of the machine. Now, press
    and hold START. Do the following motions:

    If you are player ONE:

    Akuma- down, down, down, left, left, left
    Bison- down, down, left, left, down, left, left

    If you are player TWO:

    Akuma- down, down, down, right, right, right
    Bison- down, down, right, right, down, right, right

    After doing the joystick motion, press JAB and FIERCE together. You
    now have the hidden character you selected! To get the alternate
    color for the special characters, just use SHORT and ROUNDHOUSE
    instead.


    ***TO SELECT DAN***

    Press START to initiate a one-player game or continue. HOLD START
    throughout the entire procedure.

    Move the cursor to the random select box on your side of the screen.
    Press the following buttons fairly quickly:

    For a Pink Dan:

    JAB, SHORT, FORWARD, ROUNDHOUSE, FIERCE, STRONG

    For a Green Dan:

    FIERCE, ROUNDHOUSE, FORWARD, SHORT, JAB, STRONG

    This code will work in either 1-player or 2-player mode.


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    4.5) Code to Fight Akuma or Dan
    -------------------------------

    AKUMA: There are two ways to get to Akuma as a computer-controlled
    opponent.

    Quick Way-
    First insert your money, press Start, and hold it down. Then move
    to your favorite character and press STRONG + FORWARD buttons at the
    same time.

    You will see the message "Here comes a new challenger" as if someone
    just joined in. Akuma will enter, perform his Raging Demon SC on
    the opponent you were "supposed" to fight, and then he fights you.

    Hard Way-
    Start a one-player game. Your goal is to get to the last fight
    without losing a round. Remember, winning every match isn't enough,
    i.e. you must win every match in two rounds without a lost round.
    Also, try and finish every round with a Super Combo. If you win a
    total of ten rounds with Super Combo Finishes before you get to the
    last fight, Akuma will appear in place of the final boss you are
    supposed to fight.

    The computer, playing as Akuma, is very tough to beat. Your best bet
    is to stick to the basics and try nothing fancy. Use only sure-fire
    techniques, like the fireball trap, or chain sweeps, or even just
    jumping away all the time and throwing occasional kicks.


    DAN: Start a one-player game and make sure you don't lose a match.
    It's OK to lose a round, though. As you win each match, choose
    the same winning quote (see section 2.15). For example, after
    every match, hold Down + All Punches before the winning quote
    appears so that you choose the same quote.

    After you win your fifth match, you will fight Dan in place of
    whomever was supposed to be your sixth opponent. After the match
    against Dan, the game will continue on its normal fashion.

    It takes more skill to lose against Dan than to beat him. Unlike
    Akuma, the computer plays Dan pretty pitifully, so you should
    have no trouble beating him.


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    4.6) Ryu & Ken vs. Bison Code
    -----------------------------

    No, this code is no joke. Two players can now play Ryu and Ken as a
    team against the computer's Bison. Here's how to do it:

    1) Insert enough money for two people to start the game
    2) Player 1 press the Start button and hold it down
    3) Player 2 press the Start button and hold it down
    4) Both players press Up, Up on the joysticks
    5) Both players release their Start buttons
    6) Both players press Up, Up on the joysticks
    7) Player 1 press JAB
    8) Player 2 press FIERCE

    I don't think that the two players have to enter the code in exact
    synchronization (i.e. you don't have to press the buttons at the exact
    same time, as long as you keep the general order).

    The Vs. screen will appear saying "Ryu Vs. Ken" and then disappear
    after a short delay. Then all of a sudden, the computer flashes
    "Here comes a new challenger" as if someone just joined into the
    game. Bison hovers down and offers Ryu and Ken to "join him or
    die." The two reject his offer, and then the fun begins.

    Here are the things I noticed from the match:

    - Ryu and Ken's attacks go through each other, i.e. they can't
    hurt each other.

    - Ryu and Ken both share the same health bar, so damage to one
    character is felt by the partner. Thus, when the health bar
    goes down to zero, both Ryu and Ken are KO'ed.

    - Your object is to double-side Bison and whale him with a barrage
    of attacks. There have been reports of 63-hit combos from
    people who use this tactic. Be aware that Bison will try and
    teleport away if you double-side him.

    - Because defense isn't practiced in such a match, be prepared for
    very quick rounds.

    Overall, I find the code to be THE BEEF! Of course, on machines that
    are set at 50 cents to start, the two of you may end up paying a
    dollar for a match that lasts about 60 seconds total.


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    4.7) Special Endings and Hidden Characters
    ------------------------------------------

    If you play the computer and do not lose a match, you will get to see
    the credits for the game scroll by as each character stands in their
    background while doing their winning pose. At the end of the credits,
    the Super Combo finishing background (yellow starburst) appears with
    your character's portrait and the words, "Congratulations! You are
    XXXXXX master. Your skill has not gone unnoticed."

    If you complete the game without losing a round, it is unknown what
    the differences are. Perhaps one of our faithful FAQ readers can tell
    us.


    ------------------------------------------------
    4.8) The Future for Capcom's Fighting Game Genre
    ------------------------------------------------

    First of all, there are some rumors floating around as to the
    possibility of an update to SFA. According to the rumor, it will be
    named "Street Fighter Legends" and it will include:

    1) A seperate stage for each character. For example, Ryu and Guy
    will no longer share the same stage, but will now have their
    own stages.

    2) Sodom's cheesy Roundhouse and Guy's redizzy combo removed.

    3) A few more regular and secret characters.

    4) Improved backgrounds and graphics.

    Of course, this is only a rumor, so don't get your hopes up.

    Secondly, Capcom is currently releasing a sequel to their popular X-
    Men fighting game. Called Marvel Super Heroes, it includes Marvel
    comic characters like Captain America, Spiderman, and the Hulk. The
    game engine and graphics are very similar to that found in X-Men.

    Finally, the ultimate question: When is SF3 coming out? After all,
    there were three-and-a-half years between SF1 (August 1987) and SF2
    (February 1991). Now, it's been almost five years since the release
    of SF2, and people are dying for #3 to be released.

    Well, if Capcom is working on SF3, they are wisely staying silent on
    it. They know as well as we do that the SF2 engine has been milked
    for what it's worth, and that SF3 must totally depart from the norm
    if it is to be successful. Whether that departure entails a change
    in the game engine, a change in the graphics scheme, or both, is
    anyone's guess.


    *************
    5) Appendices
    *************

    -------------
    5.1) Glossary
    -------------

    aerial attack - Any attack thrown in the air, like a flying kick.

    block stun - The short time period after a player blocks an attack,
    during which he cannot (normally) counterattack.

    buffer - Executing the joystick motions of a special move during a
    period where buttons don't register, like an animation pause or
    while your character is getting up from a knockdown. It is timed
    such that when the pause is over, the player can immediately press
    the button to complete the special move. (Note that a player can
    also buffer during the "chi" animation that occurs when his opponent
    executes a SC.)

    Bushinryu - A certain form of Ninjutsu. 'Bushin' stands for the
    Japanese god of war, and 'ryu' in this context means "The way
    of ..."

    cancel - When a player throws an attack, normally the player must wait
    while the first attack completes its animation before he can throw
    another attack. Cancelling allows the player to throw another
    attack right after the first one hits, thus "cancelling" the rest of
    the animation.

    chain combo - A type of combo that is performed by cancelling a normal
    ground attack with another normal ground attack.

    cheap - Ambiguous term that usually denotes a tactic that requires no
    skill to pull off, yet seems to work more than it should. An
    example would be ticking.

    chi - (pronounced 'key') In ancient Chinese medicine and mythology,
    the chi is the life force that flows through every living being. In
    SFA, it's the energy that is used in special attack. For example,
    Ryu and Ken's fireball is an extension of their chi, which is
    channeled through their hands into a wave that flies toward the
    opponent.

    combo - A series of attacks where, if the first one hits, the rest of
    the attacks also hit.

    corner trap - Tactic where a player keeps an opponent pinned in the
    corner by throwing continual attacks, like projectiles or poking
    attacks. If the opponent tries to jump out of the corner and
    towards the player, the player will execute an anti-air move and put
    the opponent back in the corner. Note that a fireball trap could
    also be a corner trap.

    fireball trap - Tactic where a Ryu, Ken, Akuma, or Sagat player throws
    projectiles all the time, causing the opponent to either stand and
    block the projectiles, or jump in and take a DP or other anti-air
    move.

    honor - Ambiguous term that usually implies either pulling off amazing
    techniques, or following proper "arcade etiquette." See cheap.

    interrupt - Identical to cancel.

    janitor - Someone who sweeps a lot.

    jitte - Metal baton with one prong sticking out from the side. They
    were widely used by Japanese police in the past. Jitte are
    especially useful for catching weapons, like swords and nunchaku,
    and can be used as an excellent defensive extension of the arm.

    juggling - Hitting an opponent multiple times in the air before he
    hits the ground. An example would be Guy's Rising Spin Kick or
    Akuma's DP.

    jump-in attack - The aerial attack that the player throws as the
    opponent is getting up from a knockdown. The timing is such that
    the opponent usually must block as he is getting up or get hit.
    (Note that in this FAQ, a jump-in attack is a timed aerial attack.)

    kanji - In Japanese writing, some characters are borrowed from
    Chinese. These are called kanji.

    meaty attack - Similar to a jump-in attack, except that the player
    throws a ground attack instead of an aerial attack.

    Muay Thai - Very offensive-minded martial art, it stresses developing
    your knees, shins, and insteps of your feet to deliver powerful
    kicks over and over again.

    neck kick - A type of jump-in attack which is positioned to hit the
    "back of the opponent's neck." Because of its positioning, the
    opponent must reverse his block direction, i.e. block by holding the
    joystick TOWARDS the opponent.

    Ninjutsu - More of a lifestyle than a style of fighting, ninjutsu is
    the art of stealth and invisibility. Also known as Shinobi.

    old schoolers - Term given to those who choose Ryu or Ken and play
    them using the old fireball trap techniques of previous SF2 games.

    overhead hit - A ground attack that can hit crouching defenders and
    must be blocked standing up, like Ken's Axe Kick. There is always a
    slight delay before the overhead attack hits.

    reversal - In Capcom's terminology, a reversal is a special move
    performed right after a block stun or right after getting up. Thus,
    a wake-up Dragon Punch is a type of reversal. Also, blocking a
    projectile, then immediately throwing one of your own is also
    considered a 'reversal.'

    sai - Metal weapon that looks like a jitte, except that it has two
    prongs sticking out from the sides. The main shaft can either be
    blunt like a jitte, or point sharp. I believe the sai was
    especially popular with women who used the weapon to extend their
    reach.

    Sheng Long - Chinese for "dragon punch." (It is unknown whether Gouken
    is "officially" known as Sheng Long in America. Hopefully not.)

    Shotokan - Type of Japanese empty-handed fighting style. I believe it
    originates from Okinawa. The Karate Kid movies resemble Shotokan
    karate.

    spaz - Opposite of a turtle, this is a player who unleashes an
    uncontrolled barrage of attacks without letting up.

    tech - Capcom's term for throw softening. (It seems to me that 'tech'
    was taken from the term 'tick.')

    tick - Tactic where a player throws either a jump or ground attack as
    a set-up, making his opponent block. Then while the opponent is
    still blocking, the player moves in for a throw. (The term 'tick'
    comes from sound that the game makes when the opponent blocks the
    set-up attack. When it was first seen in SF2, the sounds went
    something like "Tick, HUH! ... Tick, HUH! ...")

    turtle - A player who is overly defensive and waits for his opponent
    to come in. Players usually become turtles if they have a
    substantial lead in a round.

    wake-up Dragon Punch - DP which is performed as the player is getting
    up from a knockdown (thus, this is a type of reversal). Ideally, it
    can hit an opponent who is coming in with a jump-in attack.

    Wushu - Chinese fighting style, also referred to as Kung Fu (although
    Kung Fu is more generic.)


    ----------------------------------
    5.2) Top Eleven Reasons to Use Dan
    ----------------------------------

    11) Give SNK a frivolous reason to sue Capcom.
    10) Listen to Dan's funky background music.
    9) Green Dan looks like the Green Power Ranger (but pink Dan is _no_
    Pink Power Ranger.)
    8) It's like playing tennis with a golf club.
    7) You'll never hear, "That's no fair, Dan's too cheap!"
    6) Your opponent has a bad joystick, and you want to be fair, so you
    handicap yourself.
    5) Let's see Rose just _try_ and reflect Dan's fireball.
    4) "Look! I got to play as Steven Segal!"
    3) Hey, even Peter McNeely had the guts to fight Mike Tyson.
    2) If you like Stryker from Mortal Kombat III, you'll _love_ Dan!
    1) If you can combine less filling with great taste, you can combine
    anything! (such as SFA and AoF/KoF)


    ---------------------------------------------------
    5.3) Top Ten Meanings for the Kanji on Akuma's Back
    ---------------------------------------------------

    10) Holiday Inn
    9) This space for rent
    8) Mean people suck
    7) "HNRG!"
    6) Woodstock '94
    5) Misfits Fiend Club
    4) Don't worry, be happy.
    3) A bad day fighting is better than a good day at work.
    2) If you can read this, you're too close!
    1) I'M THE ONE WHO KILLED GOUKEN AND HIS TEACHER GOUTETSU,
    and all I got was this lousy uniform.

    (imagine how one Kanji can represent all this!)


    *********************
    6) Credits and Thanks
    *********************

    Dan Wells gives a big "Thank you!" to:

    Tom Cannon............ for mucho info and the basis for this FAQ.
    =P (Mr. Cheung)....... for info on the characters during beta testing.
    Shinkuu Hadouken...... for the Akuma/Bison code.
    alt.games.sf2......... for all of the discussion about SFA over the
    past month and plenty of info.

    I would also like to credit:

    Rich Joseph........... His X-Men:CotA FAQ had the Japanese names for
    Akuma's moves.
    Norimitsu Kaiho....... His mini-FAQ had plenty of info on Akuma.
    Derek Liu (Lanzer).... The Japanese translation of Sodom's ending,
    plus other general info.
    Brian Chan............ General info.
    Allen J. Klein........ Mucho general info.
    Kenichiro Tanaka...... PLENTY of help with Japanese translations and
    the glossary.
    Patrick Beja.......... WWW site, Japanese translations and other info.
    (everyone else, too... I hope all of you who gave me SFA tidbits don't
    many to mention) mind staying anonymous!

    Have fun...SFA is a GREAT game. Like I said, any comments,
    suggestions, gripes, etc. can be sent via E-mail to

    ak10@cornell.edu

    You can always get the latest revision at the following FTP sites:

    brawl.mindlink.net /pub/sfa
    ftp.netcom.com /pub/vi/vidgames/faqs


    END OF FILE (finally!)


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    "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all
    these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33
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