Offensive Ryu Guide Version 1.2 (SFA & SFA2) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Author: Cyrus Bulsara --------------------------------------------------------------------------- New to this version 1.2: * Added some stuff as mailed by firstname.lastname@example.org New to version 1.1: * Added more on normal moves, and best uses for them. * Added Ryu vs. Characters guides Normal Moves: You should know them all. 6 buttons, standing, ducking and jumping.This isn't a novice faq, so I'll assume you know what each button does. 1. short kick: The short kick can and should be used fairly often.If you're facing an offensive player who likes to fly in with hurrican kicks (using Ken,Ryu or Akuma of course) jamming on the low shorts will usually hit when they land near you. Of course, you'll have to push them away with something more substantial unless you want to be counter attacked once they're out of short range. Shorts are also very useful in combos. They've got a somewhat larger range than ducking jabs, and it's better to combo with them. Buffering in a super move is harder to do with a jab than it is with a short kick(super fireball, anyways). Short hurricane kicks are useful for charging up your super meter, and they'll get you over fireballs easily. It's also been mentioned to me that a standing short from up close is a good way to psyche your opponent into attacking. Toss in a dragon punch after the shortest of seconds and you'll probably hit. 2. Forward: towards+forward kick produces a 'hop' attack. Good for keeping up in somebody's face, but hard to combo into/out of. Take care when using it, and don't use it often. This move is also good after a whole slew of shorts. Inevitably, the opponent willl want to sweep you after the shorts, so you can get better positioning with the hop, and get a free hit. As well, an uppercut/Super HK/Super FB after the hop is usually a good tactic. neutral+forward produces a 2-hit axe kick. It's good for defensive purposes, but for offense it's hard to use effectively(unless you decide to end a combo with it). The flying forward is probably the best move to attack with for jump in's (aside from the fierce) as it leaves you very close to your opponent. It's also fairly easy to cross-up with this move. Low forward->fireball is a useful 2 hit combo,and it succeeds in pushing away an opponent when you feel he/she is too close. Be careful though, since it's very predictable; Everybody uses it! 3. Roundhouse: Roundhouse is useful for air defense, and of course, for knockdowns to set up your meaties. Other than that, I mainly use it for air/grounf HK's. 4. Jab: The jab button is very very useful. Jab dragon punches should be the only ones you ever use for defensive purposes; they're harder to stuff and, even if you whiff, they're hard to counter-attack. They're also useful to toss into combos. Jab fireball is a good choice, as you can air HK in after throwing one and you'll usually catch your opponent blocking, so you'll pretty much be able to get right up in thier face. Again, this is what you want to do as an offensive player! Get them to panick when you're up close. 5. Strong: towards+strong = overhead. 2 hitter, you should know this already. air+toward/away: Ryu does a two-hit air punch, which will hit twice in the air(juggles) or twice on a ground-borne character. People try this attack far too late to get 'meaties'. In reality, you can start this attack anywhere near the ground opponent, as it will hit from pretty high up. The only thing is, it will not hit a ducked opponent. This means that if your opponent knows you'll do one, he/she can simply jam on the low shorts and hit you when you land. It's hard to wake-up reversal this attack since it will hit as soon as the enemy becomes vulnerable to an attack. Very useful IMO. 6. Fierce: Pretty useful, especially for air defense, if somewhat overpowerful. It can also be thrown into select combos, and two-in-one'd with fireball/DP. C.short->C.Fierce is a 2 hit combo. When Ken misses a DP(which happens often) one of my favorite counters is S.Fierce->jab DP. Sometimes, if you try fierce DP, you'll whiff the dp, and Ken gets a free 4-hit DP(or more, depending) Use rarely. Fierce fireballs are just stupid to use anywhere but in a combo.(Or a corner trap, but I hate that) Specials: Fireball: the offensive players tool, not his entire game. You should already know how to perform one. Timing for a fireball is very important. A wise opponent watches for a pattern in your fireball throwing, and takes advantage of it. For this reason alone you either have to be extremely precise in throwing your fireballs when they least expect it, or you'll have to reserve them for characters who are far away from you. This however, isn't offensive, and this is an offensive faq, so I'll leave that particular strategy till the end. Basically, a lot of people will use the F.fierce, fierce-> fireball combo. This should never be used on an opponent in the corner!! If he/she blocks it, it means they get free hits on you! Instead, for opponents in the corner, F.fierce, fierce->jab dp works good.It's very rare that they have enough time to recover and hit you.(unless they've got a super. Be wary) The problem with attacking with the fireball is that it's easily reversed and/or it is seen coming a mile away. Dragon punch: Reserve the dragon punch for defensive purposes, and then only use the jab dp. I see too many people use the fierce and whiff, opening themselves up for a rather large combo. Hurricane Kick: Your best friend. Ryu's hk will knock down with one hit. Some don't think this is very useful, but they're just not positional players. For example, when you hit with one, you can move to almost anywhere on the screen you'd like, to be at whatever distance you'd like. Want to know why the HK is so effective nowadays? People don't expect it! You'll catch a lot of players off guard with it. It goes over fireballs, and sometimes, in the corner, you can land behind a character who ducks it.Yes, it's a crossover tactic, and it works damn good. Another good time to use a HK is when your opponent blocks a fireball from just out of sweep range. Chances are they'll throw a fireball at you, which you'll soar right over and smack them in the head. Air HK: your second best-friend This move rules. In SFA1, it was nearly half my attacks, it was just so damn effective. When you use it fly in on somebody, you can do it 3 ways. 1. Land in front of them and block thier attack, this will set you up for option number 3 in the future. Best way to land in front is to use a short air hk. 2. Hit them with it. This works best against non-dp characters. From this move you can do a number of things. This can be used to 'tick' if you're into that stuff. If not, follow it up with a low roundhouse or something. This move is hard to AC and connect with for ground ac-ers.(the air hk, that is) 3. Fly over them. The conservative ryu/ken/akuma/sagat players will try a jab dp, and they'll usually whiff it. You land behind them, free hits. Also, if timed right, you can actually catch somebody in the back of the head with it. One of the easiest cross-overs ever. These crossover air-hk's are extremely difficult to ac, and to block. I use it to retreat when things are too tight sometimes, and then I usually fly right back in, which catches your opponent off guard half the time. It's a gamble, but it has lots of priority. It's also useful to jump straight up and hurricane kick at the top of your leap. You'll carry over most fireballs and move forwards that extra bit to hit a cornering opponent. Note:In SFA2 Ryu's gained more hang time to this move, which makes the timing more like that in ST, but it's still easy to adapt. Super Combos: Okay, your 2 ultimate best friends, and when to use them effectively. Super fireball: This is one damn overpowerful move in SFA1, and SFA2 isn't much different. When to use it: 1. Any fireball war. 2. When an opponent is jumping towards you. Great air defence, and it never fails to make your opponent yell out "Aiyaa!!" 3. Air hk backwards, land and toss one out. chances are(if you're fighting anybody with half a fireball recovery) they'll throw a regular fireball towards you as you land.Free hits. 4. Anytime you're far away(execept against birdie!!)block damage is fair, especially when you follow it up with an air-hk. They either block it, or jump straight up. If they jump backwards(and aren't in the corner) your advancing character makes the screen move backwards and they'll land on it. If they choose to block it(and not ac it) you're in thier face again. It's best to short-air hk in this situation. 5. Right after you've just thrown one. It hits half the time. 6. After a standing strong. 7. After a towards+forward kick. 8. If you don't jump at a knocked down opponent(who has a fireball) they'll most likely get up and throw one towards you right away. Good opportunity to punish them with a super. Super HK: Some good times to use this move: 1. dizzy opponents(duh) 2. Right after you miss somebody with one. They always try to low attack you as you land. If you time it right, they'll stick thier leg out, and get sucked in to your attack. Works like a charm 3. After a failed overhead attack. Same reason as #2 4. Air defence 5. Against Guy: whenever he rushes in! Looks especially good when he uses his rush sc, and you counter with a level 3 super HK! Once again, never fails to produce an "Aiyaa!" from your opponent(or the crowd watching) It's best to chuckle after doing this(or taunt, if you're really cocky) ;) 6. Right after forcing your opponent to air-block a normal HK in the corner. You'll land first, they'll be vulnerable for a spilt second to any attack you use now, but this one just looks the best. Take care not to use it too often, as I've been called cheap for doing it. 7. Whenever a ryu or akuma tosses a super fireball your direction. Kind of a waste, but it looks nice, and freaks out the person you're playing against. 8. After a missed overhead or towards+forward kick. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Combos: SFA1: * F(anything),c.jab,c.short,c.short,(insert special or super of your choice here) * Same combo, but as a crossup works very nicely too, and looks nicer, IMHO. Japanese mags bigass Ryu combo: In corner: F.strong(deep hit) C.jab, C.short,C.short,C.forward, lvl3 super HK, and while opponent is in air after you land, jump towards them and hit strong punch(it juggles). The picture I saw showed 19 hits. Note: With the chains in SFA1, it's too easy to make up your own combo, so I'll leave it to you to find your own big-hit combo. My personal favorite goes like this: F.strong, S.jab,C.short,C.short,C.forward,Super fireball(lvl3) I also like deep F.forward cross-up combos.Same combo, but it's a cross-up, with forward instead of strong. SFA2: With the loss of chain combos, I've seen too many people using mere 3 hit combos with Ryu. If you're like this, I have one thing to say to you- Baka! Try these out: F.Strong, C.jab,C.short,fireball Toss in a super instead of the fireball for good effect. A roundhouse HK works fine as well. Best non-chain chain combo: F.(anything),C.strong, C.Forward->fireball. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- What not to do: * Don't use your overhead until the 3rd round(assuming you go 3 rounds) * Don't fireball cheese. Its too boring, and besides, it's damn easy to get past if you're good. * Don't attack a turtler! 2 things to do are as follows: 1. Turtle his/her ass right back. Don't ever press the attack on these people. If they throw a fireball, throw one back and negate thiers. Don't ever throw one out unless they've already got one on the way!!! 2. Ignore them. I'm serious! This works! If they're throwing fireballs incessantly, just yawn and sort of glance away from the machine, showing your obvious boredom at the tactic. Not only will this make him/her turn red in the face, but it never fails to get the crowd chuckling ;) If you're really daring, talk to one of your friends or even a total stranger about something completely unrelated.(If you mention how bored you are, it instead shows how riled you really are.) Good topics are: 1. weather 2. exams 3. The cost of cafeteria food 4. Why you hate the fruitopia ads before movies 5. Did you ever have a Teddy Bear when you were a child? 6. Innie or outie? 7. Do you ever get rashes? Once again, try not to use the tired old "I smell something cheesy" topic, cuz that just incites the 'cheeser' to greater amounts of cheese. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Strategies against other characters: * Ryu: Probably the hardest matchup you'll face, since most Ryu players out there are turtles. In this case, you shouldn't have to worry about being out manouvered offensively; it's rare to find offensive Ryu's like us. Instead, concentrate on breaking thier defense, or making them come to you. Basically, a defeinsive character is good when they're on the defensive. What you do is force them to attack you, then you push them back on the defensive again, but this time, it's on your terms. * Ken: Offensively, Ken is one of the better fighters out there. Be careful everytime you jump in! Air HK's are great against most Kens, since they'll whiff a lot of DP's trying to hit you. Whenever Ken is nearby it doesn't hurt to throw out a jab DP or two now and again, on the off chance you'll connect. Again, unless he's got a super, he'll have a hard time counter-attacking it. In SFA2 his DP knocks down even less, so even if he attempts to fierce DP you from afar, you get a free combo. * Akuma: Akuma is a bastard, and it really often depends on what type of Akuma you're fighting. Turtle Akuma is easy to defeat, Offensive isn't quite so easy. 1. Turtle: Turtle Akuma's tend to jump backwards and air fb a lot. Air HK is the way in. If you don't want to get too close, just charge your supers and throw them out often.Then follow them up and you're in close, a defensive turtlers nightmare. 2. Offensive: There isn't much you can do against an offensive Akuma, since his offence is far more potent than Ryu's. Be on the lookout for HK's, as they're a favorite move of most offensive Akuma's. The dive kick is useful for him as well. Be prepared to use reversals a lot when you're rising, since he's got that cheese air-throw. * Dan: Jump kick early in your jump, so that you'll stuff any DP attempt. Be careful of that gale kick! It's still useful in SFA2. Watch out for his Super Desperation! Oh, and don't laugh when he taunts you, cuz that's one of his best attacks! While you're choking on laughter, he'll walk up and super combo you! Be wary of his super fb, it'll hit you out of a HK, and it'll catch lazy people a lot. Don't underestimate a Dan player. * Chun Li: Jab dragon punch is the hardest to stuff, so use it lots. Be careful of turtling Chun's, as they're more dangerous than scrubby offensive Chun's. That spin kick is hard to reverse, it's best to block and then push her away with a C.forward->fireball. Don't air HK often, as you'll pay for it against Chun Li. Try staying on the ground against her, but press the attack when you've got the chance, since it's far more fun than being a turtle ;) * Guy: Guy is damn fast! Watch out for his speed, he's dangerous. Try not to let him get you on your heels, the best way to defeat a Guy is to go all out offensive on him! Don't be afraid to throw fireballs from far away, or jab dragon punch from afar, either. It makes him wary of your timing to pull one off if he tries jumping in. Those low forward pokes work against him pretty well,and cross-up's are a good attack.Often if he tries to reverse a meatie by spin kicking, he'll whiff if you're trying a cross-up meatie...then it's free hit time. * Charlie: As a turtle, Charlie is hard to fight. You'll have to turtle the turtler to beat him effectively. While extremely boring, it's the easiest way to beat a turtling Charlie, if only because Charlie is so overpowerful! An offensive Charlie is rare to find, and when you find one, it's best to play offensively as well. That flying forwad comes in handy. The only air HK worth trying is the roundhouse, and on the way up so you'll soar far. * Sodom: A good Sodom is hard to beat with Ryu.Low roundhouse's come in handy, as do super HK's. Your best DP to use against him is the strong, as the jab often leaves you open for a throw. The F. Strong attack is useful against unwary opponents, since it hits from very high up, but be wary since he's got great air defense. * Birdie: Corner the bastard! Keep the pressure on Birdie and don't throw mistimed fireballs! * Zangief: An offensive Ryu has a hard time with a pressing Zangief. You'll have to work on your psyche-out moves a lot in order to make Zan make a mistake that's punishable. * Bison: Use that air HK to it's full potential. You see him teleport, ground HK.Fireball? Jump straight up and HK over it.Jab DP whenever he gets too close, and press with the flying roundhouse lots. It's one of the harder moves for Bison to cut through. * Sagat: No brainer here. Knock him down. When he's getting up, Flying strong attack, then follow up with whatever combo you'd like. Low roundhouses will work wonders against a Sagat who's just out of sweep range.Be wary of using a sc up close on him. * Rose: Rose is aptly named the Ryu killer. Air hk's are useless against a good Rose player, your best use for HK's are ground based ones. Fireballs are useful, but don't go following up on them all n the off chance she'll reflect them. This is a hard matchup * Sakura: Good Sakura's tend to be offensively minded, and that air HK works wonders on them. Jab DP anytime she gets too close! I haven't really fought any Sakura's yet, so I'll fill this in later. * Rolento: Agh! Why do I get the feeling they created this guy just to kill Ryu? Still, not enough experience against a good Rolento to put anything down here just yet. * Gen: Never played a human Gen! * Dhalsim: It's hard to get up close on a good Dhalsim plaer, but once you're there, don't leave!!! Half of Dhalsim's game is to keep you away from him, so once you're in he's limited. Watch out for throws, as he has good throw range. Those jab DP's come in handy here. * Adon: Adon is one tricky bastard to fight. He can poke you to death easily, due to all his damn speed! Try jab DP's from outside sweep range, but don't neglect fireballs! Once you toss a couple fireballs his way he'll assume you're another fb/dp ryu and he'll try to predict your next fireball. Don't throw another fb for a long long time, and he'll keep thinking you're going to throw one. F. Fierce is a good attack. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- For further clarifications about this faq, contact me, Cyrus Many thanks to: * Liam Briggs (email@example.com): with whom I've had many an intrigueing conversation about the many aspects of SFA (and SF in general) * Tim Lim(no email address):A good friend who also uses Ryu, and plays a hell of a lot like I do, for some reason.(Plays a mean Guile in ST too) * That guy in the arcade we like to beat up on(no known email address): Yah, he used to be good, but then one day I beat his ass good and he said the forever immortalized words"I can't believe I lost!!" which of course inspired us to never ever lose to him again.Cocky SOB. * James Terris(as848@freenet,carleton.ca): The man who always tells me that puzzle games are better than Street Fighter. Just thought I'd mention his name. * Capcom: they keep putting out this damn game, I guess I should thank them for single-handedly making all my marks drop. * (firstname.lastname@example.org): For offering more advice! Thanks for the suggestions!