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    Street Fighter Alpha 3 Combo System and General FAQ
    Copyright 1999 Colin Caldwell
    Hi, and welcome to my Alpha 3 FAQ!  Okay, let me state up front what this
    document will contain.  This will not have any moves for any of the
    characters, or any specifics about any character except as used for
    examples.  What this will have is a complete breakdown of the combo system,
    and any other general information about the game(how to release secret
    characters/modes, all the universal moves).  I wrote this especially
    focusing on the combo system, since many people don't fully understand how
    the loose juggling system works in Alpha 3 and I hope to help out.
    The rest of the information in here is kind of old news, but I figured for
    the sake of completeness I'd add it.
    Okay, so here's the table of contents, hope this is useful!  Check out my
    other Street Fighter FAQ's on Gamefaqs.com, I have one for Adon up now and
    have an Akuma one in the works.
    This FAQ applies to the American release PSX version, but other than the
    obvious(extra characters, etc.) it is applicable to the arcade version as
    I.   The Controller
    II.  The Combo System
         a. Normal Combos
         b. Juggle Combos
         c. Anti-Air Combos
    III. General moves
         a. Blocking
         b. Ground Recovery Roll
         c. Air Recovery
         d. Throwing/Tech Hits/Holds
         e. Taunting
         f. Damage Reduction/Dizzy Recovery
         g. Guard Protection
         h. Counter Hits
         i. Alpha Counters
         j. Reversals
         k. Super Combos
         l. Variable Combos
         m. Special moves in mid-air
    IV.  The Isms
         a. X-ism
         b. A-ism
         c. V-ism
    V.   Special Modes
         a. Unlocking the special modes
         b. Classic
         c. Saikyou
         d. Mazi
    VI.  Secret Characters
         a. Balrog
         b. Juli
         c. Juni
         d. Guile
         e. Evil Ryu
         f. Shin Akuma
    VII. Character Charts
         a. Damage chart
         b. Guard meter length chart
    VIII. Thanks
    I. The Controller
       This section is basically going to end up being a shameless plug for
       the InterAct ProgramPad that I often use to play Street Fighter with,
       so I'm going to go ahead and get that out of the way.  The pad is
       actually capable of performing the moves with great accuracy, unlike
       the default PSX controller.  Maybe since I've never used it much I'm
       just not used to it, but it takes me ten minutes of practicing to do
       a combo into a super move using the normal PSX controller, it really
       sucks at controller motion moves(although the charge moves seem to be
       fine).  On top of the excellent pad, you also have six buttons on the
       front of the controller so you can set it up in a normal Street Fighter
       setup(3 punches on top, 3 kicks on bottom) and still have the R1 and R2
       buttons for 3P and 3K for flipping out, rolling, and throws.  An
       excellent controller for the game.
       Another one I use is the joystick put out by Asciiware for the PSX, you
       can recognize it as the one with the Street Fighter layout of buttons
       except that there are four on top and bottom to accommodate all of the
       shoulder buttons.  It's not as good as it looks, the joystick just
       doesn't feel the same as an arcade stick, but it is still useful.
       Just make sure you don't become a computer-fighting couch potato just
       because there's a home game out, go out to the arcade and enjoy
       yourself every now and then, for most people that's the only place for
       real competition.
       Here's a legend for the button names and directions that I will use
       for this and all of my FAQ's...
       For a character facing right:
       UB  U  UF
       B   N  F
       DB  D  DF
       Punches: Jab     Strong     Fierce
       Kicks:   Short   Forward    Roundhouse
       3P:  All three punches
       3K:  All three kicks
    II. The Combo System
        Combos in Street Fighter Alpha 3 follow drastically different rules
        than in any other Street Fighter, or any other game for that matter.
        The system is loose enough to allow creativity, yet tight enough to
        require skill.  As far as combos go, this game is by far my favorite
        Street Fighter(I like SFIII a lot, but that's mainly for the parrying,
        the combo system in that game is way too loose and easy to use,
        allowing people to spazz and cancel their fireballs into supers and
        such).  Variable combos won't be discussed here, look in the VC section
        below for that.
        a. Normal Combos
        A normal combo in SFA3 is just like in any other Street Fighter game,
        it follows the basic sequence:
        Jumpin attack, grounded normal move(s) CANCEL INTO special move or
             super combo
        Naturally, you can skip the jumpin at the front, or the special at the
        end, but this is a full combo sequence.
        On a jumpin, if you want to follow with a ground attack, then you need to
        hit very deep, meaning that you attack just as you are about to land
        on the ground.  Then you can hit them with a ground attack or two(most
        characters can repeat jabs and shorts, while a few can do other chains
        of normal moves), then during the animation of those attacks you
        perform the command for a special move, canceling the normal move and
        going into the special or super.
        Most people understand this part, so I'm not going to go into it too
        much, but I will mention a few points:
        When canceling moves, make shortcuts when possible.  For example,
        say that you wanted to cancel a low short into a dragon punch.  You could
        crouch, press short, F, D, DF, punch.
        but that will often fail, because it is hard to move from the crouching
        down position to forward, then finish the move, all before a short kick
        retracts.  Better to:
        F, D, press short, DF, punch.
        That way, you press short during the crouching part of the special
        move's motion.  This results in the short instantly canceling into the
        special move.  With a little practice, doing things this way is much
        easier.  This makes canceling into super moves easier too.  For
        example, say that I wanted to cancel a low forward into a Shoryureppa
        with Ken.  I could:
        D, DF, press forward, F, D, DF, F, punch.
        D, DF, F, D, press forward, DF, F, punch.
        placing the forward kick within the super move's motion.  This makes
        those difficult cancels a lot easier.  This works even better for
        charge moves, in my opinion.  Say I want to do a jab, short chain
        canceled into a Sonic Break with Charlie.  I can try to charge away, then
        press jab, short, then press F, B, F then punch, but the short comes
        out so fast that it is unnecessarily difficult.  Instead, try:
        charge B, jab, F, short, B, F, punch.
        Or if I wanted to cancel a low jab/short chain into the Somersault
        Justice, I could:
        Charge DB, jab, DF, short, DB, U, kick.
        Using this technique, it is also possible to cancel a standing attack
        into a charge D, then U special move or super.  It seems impossible, but
        you can do it.  I want to cancel a standing strong punch into a Vertical
        Roll with Blanka.  I would press:
        Charge D, go to neutral, press strong, U, press kick.
        If you stop the controller at neutral and use your normal attack, you'll
        be standing.  Then if you quickly press up and the special move
        button, you will still retain your charge and go into the special.  You
        can do this with charge D, U supers as well:
        Charge DB, DF, DB, neutral, press fierce, U, press kick
        would cause you to cancel a standing fierce punch into a Somersault
        Justice with Charlie.
        If you are not used to doing this, then it will be hard at first, but
        after a while you'll wonder how you ever did combos any other way.
        Another thing to watch out for is SF's button press/release rule.  In
        any SF game since SFII, if you hold down a button, do a special move
        motion, and release it, then the move will be performed just as if
        you had pressed the button.  This does a lot more harm than good for me,
        because it causes moves to often accidentally come out(especially in
        VC's).  Here's an example:
        I want to cancel a low forward kick into a Rolling Attack with Blanka.
        So I press:
        charge DB, press forward, F, punch.
        But instead of doing a Rolling Attack, I get that stupid Backstep
        Rolling move, and miss.  This happens because I pressed forward kick
        to do the first move, and was releasing it as I moved to the F position
        on the stick to do the second move.  Since a release of a button counts
        as a press when doing special moves, the machine interprets this as
        CB, F, FK and does the forward Backstep Rolling.  There are two
        ways to avoid this:
        1.  Make sure and release the button first before continuing motions
        on the stick, by tapping the button lightly, or
        2.  Hold the first button down until the second move has come out to
        safeguard against an accidental button release causing the wrong move.
        A note on chain combos:
        Almost all characters can do simple chains in SFA3, and I'm not talking
        about repeated jabs.  Most people can chain from their quick attacks(jab,
        short) to their power attacks(fierce, roundhouse).  The trick is, you
        have to get a counterhit on the short or jab opening move.  A counterhit
        causes a longer hit stun, allowing you to follow up with another attack
        as long as it comes out quickly.  Take Adon as an example.  He can
        chain a low short into a standing roundhouse for 3 hits, as long as the
        short hits on a counterhit.  You must have good timing, but once you
        get used to it it is easy.  And getting counterhits on jabs and shorts
        is not too difficult either, you'll find that most of your hits with
        these buttons are probably counters since they often come out fast with
        high priority.
        b.  Juggle Combos
        Now here's the complicated part.  Your opportunities to juggle in
        SFA3 are numerous and often.  Many moves and throws set up juggles,
        as well as counterhits.  But there is a difference between a juggle and
        a juggle combo:  a juggle combo is guaranteed, because they can't
        flip out.  How do you do this?
        Well, if you continuously cancel one move into another without returning
        to your normal standing position, then your opponent cannot flip out.
        Here's an example.
        I met my opponent in midair with a fierce punch and got a counterhit.
        I land under him, and he is falling headfirst.  At this point, he can
        use his air recovery to flip out, since I am no longer hitting him with
        a continuous stream of attacks.  I can still juggle him if he
        does not flip out, but that is unlikely against anyone with any skill.
        But say that I got a close fierce counterhit, which knocks your
        opponent into the air, then cancelled that fierce punch into a Axle
        Spin Knuckle with Cammy(the F, DF, D, DB, B, punch move).  The opponent
        has all day to flip out while Cammy winds up the move, but he can't
        because you cancelled the moves together in a combo without any pauses.
        You will get the extra juggle hits, guaranteed.
        The concept of a "continuous string" is important here, that is what
        defines an actual combo instead of something which may or may not be
        flipped out of and countered.
        There are also a few more instances where your opponent cannot flip out,
        even when there is no continuous string, but these are rare.  One is
        if your opponent is juggled very close to the ground.  Your opponent
        cannot flip when they are only about waist level from the ground, but
        they can still be hit.  Akuma has a combo that utilizes this:
        jumpin fierce, low forward, SK hurricane kick, standing fierce, fierce
        The SK hurricane kick, if distanced perfectly, will hit your opponent
        into the air.  They cannot flip out until the hurricane kick is over,
        because your constant stream of attacks is not over until then.  By
        the time the kick ends, they are too close to the ground to flip, and
        the rest of the combo juggles them(this is a very painful combo, by
        the way).  Of course, your distance and timing must be tight in order
        to pull this off.
        The last instance when your opponent cannot flip is caused by what I
        call the "corner rule".  This refers to how many times an opponent
        can be juggled.  I goes like:
        If your opponent is not in the corner, then you can juggle them as
        many times as you want until you reach the corner.  Once you reach the
        corner, then you can juggle them with one more continuous stream of
        attacks, then you cannot hit them anymore until they touch the ground
        and regain control.  However, after that last juggle, they can flip
        out if they choose and try to attack.  If you hit them after they
        flip out in the corner, then you cannot juggle them anymore and they
        cannot flip out anymore, they must hit the floor afterwards.
        This rule exists because if not many characters would have several
        infinite corner juggles.  You can only juggle once in the corner, then
        your combo ends.  You are only allowed to flip out once in the corner,
        and if you are hit out of it, then you must hit the floor.
        Use this to your advantage:  if you are juggled in the corner, then
        don't flip out!  They can't hit you anymore after that first juggle,
        so just fall and roll behind them to put them in the corner!
        Also, remember the "continuous stream of attacks".  If you knock someone
        up into the air in the corner, you can do a normal attack cancelled into
        a super combo, or do a VC of continuous moves, as long as you don't
        stop canceling one move into another smoothly then your juggle can
        Finally, the final exception to the rule is air throws.
        An air throw can be used to juggle an opponent anytime that a normal
        move could hit them.  However, as long as you do nothing else, you can
        continuously airthrow an opponent in the corner over and over.  Sagat
        and Sodom can both do this.  It is easy to flip out of, but still
        c.  Anti-Air combos
        This final section refers to combos that I often use, but don't see many
        other people use all that much.  They are based upon juggles of your
        opponent after counterhitting them out of the air.  If your character
        has a quick high jab, or a good anti-air move that is cancelable, then
        these can be a gold mine for you.  You see, if you counterhit someone
        on the ground, then they are only launched into the air if you used
        fierce or roundhouse, but if you counterhit someone jumping in, then
        any button will set up a juggle.  Also, since as long as there is a
        continuous stream of attacks they cannot flip out, if you cancel the
        anti-air into a special or super then you get a decent combo as
        retaliation against a jumpin attack.  Here are a few good examples that
        will help explain:
        opponent jumps in, standing strong counterhit CANCEL INTO Jaguar Kick RK.
        The Jaguar Kick will juggle them cleanly every time.
        opponent jumps in, standing jab counterhit CANCEL INTO Turn Punch.
        You can pretty easily knock someone down with Balrog's standing jab,
        since it is so quick.  Then the Turn Punch comes out and smashes them.
        (By the way, if the punch is charged all the way to final, then this
        combo can do about 80 percent damage for 2 hits, and all they have to
        do to open themselves up for it is try to dropkick you once)
        opponent jumps in, standing fierce counterhit CANCEL INTO Bad Stone FP.
        opponent jumps in, standing jab counterhit CANCEL INTO
             Killer Bee Assault.
        You can combo her level 3 super this way.  Just charge DB, and if you
        see them jump towards you, then go DF, DB, then neutral and press jab.
        If you time it well and can predict when they'll attack, then you can
        counterhit them, then press U and kick to do the super.  This must
        all be done pretty fast of course, but you will get major props for
        pulling it off.
        And so on.
        Just don't always rely on your low fierce and dragon punch to knock
        down jumpers, get imaginative and deal some real damage to them with
        a juggle combo.  Be careful though, watch for the counterhit flash on
        the screen, and if you don't get a counterhit, then don't do the rest of
        the combo or you may be left open.
    III. General Moves
        Everything outlined here can be performed by any character, and in any
        -ism unless stated otherwise in the description.
        a.  Blocking
        Just like all Street Fighters before and hopefully all after, you block
        high by holding B and low by holding DB.  If you block high, you are
        safe from jumpins, high and midrange attacks, and overheads.  However,
        low attacks will hit you.  If you block low, then you block or avoid
        high, midrange, and low attacks, but a jumpin or overhead will hit you.
        Blocking a special move takes off a small amount of energy, heretofore
        referred to as "cheese damage".  You can also block in the air.  You
        can air block any normal projectile, or any attack that your opponent
        does in the air, but you cannot air block a super combo(with the
        exception of Charlie's Sonic Break) or an attack that your opponent
        performs from the ground.
        For example, if I jump in and Ryu meets me in midair with a jumping
        roundhouse, I can air block that because he is in the air.  I could
        also airblock if he threw a fireball.  But if he does a low fierce,
        since he's standing on the ground, I cannot airblock.  I also could
        not airblock if he did a super fireball.  If he does a dragon punch, then
        I could airblock it if he does it early enough so that his feet have
        already left the ground when it reaches me(thusly, he is in the air so
        I can airblock normally).  But if the punch hits me while his feet are
        still on the ground, I am hit.
        New to SFA3 is the guard meter.  That's the little bar under your
        lifebar.  Each time you block, a chunk is knocked out of it, and once
        it wears out, then you are stunned(much like being dizzied).  During
        this time, you are vulnerable to anything.  Also, after having your
        guard crushed, you lose one block from the guard meter for the remainder
        of the round.
        Airblocking is not available in X-ism or Classic mode.
        There is no guard meter in Classic mode.
        b.  Ground Recovery Roll
        Unlike the rolling command in SFA2, in order to roll in SFA3 you must
        press 3 kick buttons as you are about to hit the ground.  You can only
        use this in situations where you could have used an air recovery, which
        means that you can't roll after sweeps and most throws.  Furthermore,
        if you hold F while rolling, then you will roll further and end up
        behind your opponent where you can try a surprise attack.
        This is not available in X-ism or Classic mode.
        c.  Air Recovery
        New to SFA3 is Air Recoveries, or flipping out.  There are three
        different ways to flip out.  Whenever you are knocked into the air,
        F+3 punches to flip toward your opponent
        N+3 punches to flip straight down to the ground quickly
        B+3 punches to flip away from your opponent
        Most players use the B+3P version almost exclusively, but this keeps them
        in the air longer and thusly allows them to be juggled more by
        someone who saw it coming.  My favorite is the neutral recovery, since
        that lands me safely on my feet quicker.  However, try to flip out
        differently every now and then, if your opponent can read how you
        will flip then you will be juggled quite a bit.
        After flipping out, you can airblock or perform an air attack, just
        like a normal jump.  This allows you to dodge or block your opponent's
        juggle attempts.  You have a small moment of invincibility just as you
        flip out, to pass through attacks.
        Note that you cannot flip out if your opponent is performing a
        constant string of attacks, even if there is a pause between the hits.
        You also cannot flip out in Classic mode, or if you have already flipped
        out once in the corner without touching the ground.
        d.  Throws, Tech hits, and Holds
        Throwing in SFA3 is different from previous SF games.  You must press
        F or B and 2 punches to throw.  You can also throw in midair, by
        jumping and performing the same command.  Most characters have extra
        throws done by pressing F or B and 2 kicks.
        The throw commands are a welcome addition, and were added to keep
        people from accidentally throwing, as well as to make throwing a little
        less effective to prevent it from being overused.  If you are not
        close enough to throw and do the command, your character will hug the
        air in front of them in a "missed throw" animation, and be vulnerable.
        If you input the throw command right as your opponent is throwing you,
        then you can Tech Hit the throw, allowing you to land on your feet, as
        well as halving the throw's damage.  Tech hitting also allows you to
        avoid juggles that are performed after throws.
        Finally, some throws allow you to hit your opponent many times, like
        Blanka's PP throw and Ken's KK throw.  During these holds if you
        rotate the stick and rapidly press buttons you can get more hits and
        damage, but if your opponent does the same then he can reduce the hits
        and damage.  If you Tech Hit a hold, then you can avoid damage
        Throws and Tech Hits are available in any mode or -ism.
        e.  Taunting
        Press Start on an arcade machine, or Select on your PSX controller,
        and your character will taunt.  These serve no real practical purpose
        except to provoke your opponent, but are very useful to that degree.
        Also, if you taunt and get away with it, then many opponents will feel
        the need to taunt you back, so that creates an opening for you.  At
        the very least they will try to quickly approach and hit you, possibly
        giving you an opening.  Don't do this unless you know what you're doing,
        or else you are just going to get beaten up and piss people off!
        Many characters have multiple taunts that can be done by holding F, D, or
        B while pressing the button.  You can only taunt once per round, except
        during a VC where you can taunt infinitely, or in the case of Dan who
        can taunt as much as he likes.  Taunting is not available in X-ism or
        Classic mode.
        Some characters have taunts that can hit.  All taunts do 1 damage, and
        thusly are not your attack of choice, but if you knock someone out with
        one it is very embarrassing for them!  The following characters can hit
        with their taunt:
        Akuma, Birdie, Chun-Li, X-ism Dan, Rolento, Sakura, Shin Akuma, and
        Dan and Dhalsim can also taunt in midair.
        You can also cancel any normally cancelable regular attack into a taunt,
        just like it was a special move.
        Finally, the king of taunting Dan can gain a little super or VC power
        from taunting(but not the jumping one).  He also has special and super
        f. Damage Reduction / Dizzy Recovery
        If you are dizzied, then rapidly wiggle the joystick and press buttons
        and you may be able to recover before your opponent hits you(though it
        is unlikely...)
        This also works to recover quickly after being guard crushed.
        Likewise, if you are blocking or being hit by a multihit combo, special
        move, or super, then you can wiggle the joystick and press buttons to
        reduce damage.  You'll know if you are doing it right because your
        character will flash red.
        I don't like this much and normally forget to use it, but it's in there
        if you want.  I suppose every little bit of saved energy helps, but I
        personally would rather take the damage than sit there wiggling the
        stick and spazzing out.  This doesn't reduce the damage all that much
        in any case.
        g. Guard Protection
        If you press B or DB to block an attack just as it is about to hit you,
        instead of holding it ahead of time, then your character will flash blue.
        If this happens, then the damage to your guard meter done by the
        attack is halved.  Try to do this as often as possible, especially if you
        have a small guard meter, but don't take too many risks to get it, your
        guard meter should not be much of a problem unless you are playing
        way too defensively.
        h. Counterhits
        If you hit your opponent right as they are beginning an attack as well,
        then you will get a counterhit.  The screen flashes, and the hit
        sound is louder than usual.  Counterhits do extra damage, and cause a
        longer hitstun than a normal hit.  If you counter a grounded opponent
        with fierce or roundhouse, or an airborne opponent with any button, then
        they are launched into the air and ready to be juggled.  Canceling
        the counterhit into another move is an excellent way to set up
        guaranteed juggles, and you can often chain off of your jabs and shorts
        if they hit as counterhits.  There are instances where you can get a
        counterhit even after your opponent's attack has passed, such as when
        they are in a fireball toss animation.
        i. Alpha Counters
        If you press F and two buttons of the same strength(jab+short, strong+
        forward, or fierce+roundhouse) right after blocking, then you will
        perform an Alpha Counter.  These are high priority counterattacks
        meant to hit your opponent during their attack animation.  This
        consumes 1 level of super in A-ism, and half a VC gauge in V-ism.  It
        also removes 1 block from your guard power gauge for the rest of the
        Alpha counters generally do 4 damage, which is less than that of your
        average jab.  They also miss often, and have a high cost.  It is
        best not to use them except in a few select situations, like if
        someone is about to kill you from cheese damage, if they have caught
        you in a VC trap in the corner, or if you are sure the counter will
        kill them.
        Some characters, instead of hitting their opponent, will warp behind
        them or flip over them for their counter, setting them up to hit their
        opponent in the back.  These AC's are a little more useful, but still
        generally not worth it.
        Alpha Counters are not available in X-ism or Classic mode.
        j. Reversals
        Many characters have attacks that can only be performed as reversals.
        A reversal is when you attack right after regaining control of your
        character, such as when you first get up, get out of block stun, or
        get out of hit stun.
        The following characters can perform their reversal-only moves after
        getting up from a knockdown, getting out of hitstun, or getting out
        of blockstun:
        X-ism Chun-li, Balrog.
        The following characters can perform their reversal-only moves after
        an air block, or any time that they could normally flip out:
        Cody, Dhalsim.
        Sodom can perform his F, DF, D, punch and B, DB, D, kick reversals in
        any of these situations.  He can use his D, DF, F, kick reversal after
        getting up off of the floor.
        k. Super Combos
        These are powerful attacks that consume super power, and do big damage
        normally.  In X-ism, you have one super combo, and you can only perform
        it at maximum power(equal to a level 3 A-ism super).  In A-ism, you
        have 3 levels on your super bar, and you can use as many or as few as
        you want.  The more levels you use, the more powerful the combo will
        be.  The strength of the button used determines the super combo's level
        (jab or short for level 1, strong or forward for level 2, and fierce or
        roundhouse for level 3).  These can be cancelled into, just like a
        normal special move.  Many characters have attacks that can be cancelled
        into super combos, but not into specials(the 2nd hit of Birdie's low
        fierce, for example).
        Super Combos are not available in V-ism or Classic mode.
        l. Variable Combos
        These are your power attacks in V-ism.  When you activate a VC, you
        get a shadow that follows you and mimics your actions.  This shadow
        can hit the opponent, just like you.  Also, you can chain almost any
        attack into any other attack during a VC, and you can cancel the
        recovery time after a special move into another special move or
        normal attack.  This allows you to make a long continuous series of
        attacks for a massive juggle combo.  You can also attack multiple times
        in the air during a VC.
        To activate a VC, press two buttons of the same strength.  A VC
        can be activated in the air or on the ground.
        If you use jab and short, then the shadow will follow you very closely
        and attack almost right after you.  This is probably the most useful
        one, it allows you to have your shadow hitting your opponent along with
        you during your combo very easily.
        If you use strong and forward, then the shadow follows at a good
        distance, attacking about a second after you do.  This is good for
        pressure games in the corner, almost anyone can do the following VC
        in the corner:
        jump in, (strong + forward) in the air, jumpin attack, low 2 hit chain,
        jump in, repeat.
        As your shadow is following with the jumpin, you are hitting low, making
        blocking impossible or difficult.  As you jump back in, your opponent
        is getting hit by the shadow low, not only preventing most anti-air
        but also making blocking almost impossible.  Pretty much anybody but
        Dhalsim can do this combo in some form or another, and it is surprisingly
        effective, it takes a perfectly timed attack, an AC, or a counter VC to
        Using fierce and roundhouse is good for confusion tactics.  Your shadow
        attacks about 2 and a half seconds behind you.  If you sweep someone,
        then your shadow will immediately sweep them again as they get up.
        If you have a quick move to cross to your opponent's other side, then
        you can have yourself and your shadow hitting on opposite sides
        making blocking difficult.  It is also easy to pull off dirty tricks
        like you doing an overhead while your shadow does a low attack,
        guaranteeing you a hit.
        When you activate a VC, you get several frames of invincibility, allowing
        you to pass through jumpins, anti-air, and oncoming attacks with a little
        timing.  You can even pass through most oncoming supers and attack.
        Here is the big caveat:  You cannot block during a VC, so you are super
        or counter VC bait when you perform one unless you keep the pressure
        on nonstop.
        In V-ism, your super bar is replaced by a VC bar.  You can perform a VC
        anytime the bar is over 50 percent full.  The more energy you have, the
        longer the VC.  A VC bar fills up about three times faster than a
        super bar.
        VC's are only available in V-ism.
        m.  Special moves in mid-air
        Many characters can perform special moves in midair.  This is simple
        enough, what many people don't know is that these characters can easily
        perform these move quickly after jumping by incorporating the jump
        into the move's motion.
        Say I want to quickly hurricane kick into the air.  I press:
        D, DB, B, kick
        normally for a hurricane kick.  Try this:
        D, DB, B, UB, kick.
        You will hurricane kick backwards into the air.  Say you want to
        hurricane kick straight up.  Then press:
        D, DB, B, U, kick.
        or to do it forward:
        D, DB, B, UF, kick.
        This works with charge moves too.  X-ism Chun-Li can Spinning Bird Kick
        into the air by pressing:
        charge B, UF+kick.
    IV. The Isms
        a.  X-ism
        In this mode, you are modeled after a character from Super
        Street Fighter 2 Turbo.  You have one, slow filling super bar and one
        super combo to choose from.  You have no air blocking, ground recovery
        roll, alpha counters, or taunting.  Your super combo in X-ism does the
        same damage as the same combo in A-ism done at level 3(except for
        characters who have a different X-ism super, of course, like Cody and
        However, on the bright side, all of your attacks do extra damage,
        both your normal moves and specials.  This makes this mode have
        the highest damage combos on the average.
        There may be other additions or penalties in X-ism, depending upon
        your character.
        b.  A-ism
        This mode is modeled after a normal Street Fighter Alpha character.
        You have a normal 3 level super bar, as well as all of your super
        combos(except for Cody and Dhalsim's X-ism supers).  You also have
        access to taunts, AC's, rolling, and air blocking.
        On the down side, all of your normal attacks and special moves do
        less damage than in X-ism.
        c.  V-ism
        This mode has all of the abilities of A-ism, except for Super Combos.
        You have access to Variable Combos in this mode, which are harder
        to perform than a Super Combo but are potentially more damaging.
        If your character has moves that are performed automatically when you
        are standing close to your opponent, then you can control when you will
        do them by holding B.  Your VC bar fills much faster than a super bar
        of X or A-ism.
        On the down side, you have no super combos and all of your attacks do
        less damage than in any other ism.
    V.  Special Modes
        a.  Unlocking the special modes
        On the PSX version, all of these special modes are released after
        beating the Arcade Mode on level 4 difficulty or more.  Thereafter,
        you can select your mode just before you pick your -ism in all modes
        except Arcade mode, and use the select button to choose your -ism
        in Arcade mode.
        On an arcade machine, you have to wait for the machine to have been
        installed for a few months, until the title screen turns light blue.
        Then these modes are selectable after this point through the following:
        Classic: put in money, hold FP + RK press start, release FP + RK, then
        play normally.
        Mazi: same as Classic, except hold SP + FK.
        Saikyou: same as Classic, except hold JP + SK.
        b.  Classic mode
        Classic mode is sort of like a 4th ism.  If you use this, you do not
        get to select your ism normally.  Classic mode is just like X-ism
        in almost all respects, except that you are modeled after an even
        earlier Street Fighter character:  you have no super bar.  This is bad.
        However, you also have no guard meter.  This is good.  You cannot air
        recover, that's bad.  But, you are very hard to juggle, like in the old
        days of SF, so that's good.  I don't have much experience with this mode,
        I don't fool with the special modes much, but if I had to pick one
        this would be it.
        c.  Saikyou mode
        Saikyou mode is modeled after Dan's fighting style, Saikyou-ryuu.
        Translated, it means, "the strongest", which we all know Dan is not.
        In fact in this mode, you are considerably weakened.  Your guard
        meter is half length, your attacks do reduced damage, and, most
        crippling of all, you cannot cancel your normal moves into anything,
        making combos virtually non-existent.  Use this to handicap yourself
        if you want.  You can still choose your -ism normally after choosing
        this mode.  If you get a long win streak with Saikyou mode Dan then
        you need to move on to bigger and better opponents...
        d.  Mazi mode
        Mazi, translated, means, "serious".  In this mode, you have to be
        extremely careful, as any hits you receive do massive damage.  Also,
        you only have to lose one round to lose the entire match!  On the
        bright side, all of your attacks do massive damage as well.  Many
        characters have 100 percent damage combos in Mazi mode, due to the
        increased damage.
        After choosing Mazi mode, you can then choose your -ism normally.
    VI. Secret Characters
        This section highlights how to reveal the secret characters on the
        arcade and home game.
        a.  Balrog
        PSX:  Just put your cursor on him and select him, silly!
              If you want the special version of Balrog, which I feel is
              considerably weaker, then highlight him, hold L2, and select
              him.  This will only work if you have beaten him in the
              world tour mode.
        Arcade: Move to Karin, wait for five seconds, then go to any
        random select square, hold start, and press a button.
        b.  Juli
        PSX:  See Balrog.
        Arcade: Move to Karin, wait for five seconds, then go to any
        random select square.  If it is on the left side, then hold left, if
        it is on the right side, hold right, and press a button.  In other words,
        hold away from the center of the screen horizontally.
        c.  Juni
        PSX:  See Juli.
        Arcade: Same as Juli, except hold away from the center vertically.
        For example, if the random select square is at the top, then hold
        up, if it is at the bottom, hold down.
        d.  Guile
        PSX:  Beat him in the World Tour mode.  In order to reach his stage, you
              must raise your total level to at least 27.
        Arcade: N/A
        e.  Evil Ryu
        PSX:  Beat him in the World Tour mode.  In order to reach his stage, you
              must raise your total level to at least 30.
        Arcade: N/A
        f.  Shin Akuma
        PSX:  Beat him in the world tour mode.  You must master 2 of the 3 isms
        and reach level 31 to get to his stage.  Thereafter, highlight Akuma and
        hold L2 while selecting him.
        Arcade: N/A
    VII. Character Charts
         First off, I got this information from Kao Megura's FAQ, double
         checked it, and posted it, so yes I know that this is old news.  Many
         thanks to Kao for saving me the trouble of doing all of this!
         a.  Damage chart
         This shows which characters take more or less damage when they are hit.
         They are listed in order from least to most(characters on the same line
         are equal).  Thusly, Zangief takes the least damage, and Shin Akuma
         takes the most.
         Birdie Dan Gen E.Honda Ken R.Mika Ryu Sodom T.Hawk
         Everyone not mentioned elsewhere
         Vega Juli Juni
         Shin Akuma
         b.  Guard meter length chart
         This shows which characters have the longest and shortest guard meters.
         Take into account that your guard meter is a little longer in X-ism.
         V-ism Cody has a very small guard meter, too, because of his dodge move.
         They are listed from longer to shorter meters.  Characters on the same
         line are equal.
         Birdie Zangief
         Karin Sakura M.Bison
         Adon Cody E.Honda Gen R.Mika Sodom Balrog
         Everyone not mentioned elsewhere
         Vega Cammy ChunLi Charlie Juni Juli
    VIII. Thanks
         Kao Megura, for the info on the damage and guard meter charts.
         Everybody over at Diamond Jim's in Peachtree Mall, Columbus, GA.  I
         don't get to drive out there much, but whenever I do there is always
         a good game waiting.
         Phoenix, for being a sweetheart always,
         and Capcom, my heroes of the digital age!
         Check out my Adon FAQ, or any of the others that I may write in the
         future, on GameFAQS.com or on my homepage, and thanks!

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